Should Millennials Be Allowed In The Hunger Games

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Participation Trophies Hinder Kids
"If I play a whole game I get a whole snow cone, but if I play a half a game I still get a whole snow cone. It's a whole snow cone either way. I'd rather play half a game." This quote is from one of Brian Regan's performances, "Lousy in Little League", where he talks about the new social norm of rewarding children for participating. While Brian Regan is a comedian, and this was meant to be funny, it does have some truth. Just as Brian Regan said, children become aware that the same reward is given no matter the amount of effort given on their part. This leads to the growing problems the upcoming generations struggle with today. Awarding children with participation trophies is unrealistic, unnecessary and unfair.
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These parents were raised on participation trophies and have now raised their children with trophies on an even larger scale (Antonowich). Millennials have the reputation of being lazy, entitled, self absorbed, materialistic and addicted to the internet. Many people think millennials will impact America, but not for the better. This being said, millennials were raised by the first participation trophy awarded generation, which leads to the conclusion that participation trophies are part of the problem. One of the biggest problems with trophies is they make children entitled and expectant upon rewards and always succeeding. Thomas Edison failed the first 10,000 times he tried to make the light bulb. Albert Einstein was told he would never amount to anything, but proved everyone wrong. Michal Jordan has missed 9000 shots, lost 300 games and twenty six times missed the game winning shot. All these men that are considered to be successes today have failed in one way or another, but that's what made them great. They overcame their challenges and made themselves better. By learning it's okay to lose and figuring out how to cope with failures will build more resilliant youth who then can become the Einsteins, Edisons and Michael Jordans of

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