Participation Ribbon Research Paper

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Participation Ribbons? What happened to the days when first place was a huge accomplishment; when trophies were only given to the first place finisher, and second, and third places were lucky to get a ribbon? In our world today, there are many opportunities given to win without really deserving it. One may ask, “How does this hinder us as a people?” Winning without deserving it hinders people because of the following three reasons: it allows failure to be okay, makes them feel as though they are special, and lowers competitiveness. Sure, it might be a nice confidence booster for some, but it does not always benefit them. Winning without deserving it hinders people because it allows failure to be okay. In a quote from Judith Warner, she describes millennial people as, “entitled whiners who have been spoiled by parents who overstoked [sic] their self-esteem, teachers who granted undeserved A’s, and sports coaches who bestowed trophies on any player who showed up.” In the schools of the United States, the chance to retake tests, and rewrite papers is given to students. By this opportunity being given, it enables children to …show more content…
The first generation who received participation ribbons were Generation Y. Some may question how this is bad; well first, the ideas behind the practice must be understood. Writer, Kelly Wallace, states in an article for CNN entitled “Does sports participation deserve a trophy? Let the parental debate begin!,” “The idea of a participatory trophy is not to make everyone a winner, but to acknowledge that the child put time and effort forward and to provide a memento of the experience," (Wallace). This seems like a worthy cause, but this method has not worked as intended. Wallace continues to explain the effects over the past few years; the traits of superiority, and entitlement developed in the children – these are not the most outstanding traits to

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