Death Of The Participation Trophy: Why Only Kids Who Win Deserve Trophies
According to a recent Reason-Rupe poll, 57 percent of Americans believe that kids should only receive trophies when they win.
There are fair cases to be made for both sides of this debate.
Psychology And Rewards…
On the one hand, winning trophies produces a psychological incentive to work hard. In essence, trophies are an extrinsic award, which motivate individuals to put in the work in order to reap the benefits.
Most people would view this as a positive; it’s good to have something to aspire to, and it’s important to teach children to have goals.
At the same time, one might argue that children should learn the value of working hard regardless of a receiving an award. This is the concept of intrinsic motivation, or working hard simply for the sake of finding it enjoyable.
Simply put, “it’s not about whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” When adults give trophies to all children, they teach them that the most important thing in life is to have fun. Enjoying something is success in itself.
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