Should Kids Get Participation Trophies?

When it comes to the issue of kids getting participation trophies I do not believe they should continue to get them just for playing a sport. While it might encourage kids to go out more for sports, there is a more negative long term effect. Giving kids something just because they participated or tried, is giving them a false sense of accomplishment and achievement. When James Harrison took his two sons participation trophies away, it was in the news and made headlines. According to an article on USA today, his response was¬†“I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best.” I agree with him and believe that when raising kids, people should instill a work ethic and the harsh truth that in life sometimes doing your best is simply not good enough. The society we are in today is one that is filled with people that believe they are entitled to certain things and that just showing up will get them some sort of success. This is not the world we live in and when these children get into the work environment eventually, they will be faced with the fact that everything is a competition and them just participating will not always be good enough. According to a ¬†Reason-Rupe poll on nypost.com from last year it found that 57 percent of people think only winning players should get trophies. This is showing that people in society have began to change their viewpoint in regards to trophies and do not see it as necessary.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/steelers/2015/08/17/james-harrison-kids-trophies-entitlement-culture/31870883/

http://nypost.com/2015/08/17/stop-giving-trophies-for-just-showing-up/

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