June 14, 2018

Participation Trophies are Destroying Real Accomplishment

Martina MarkotaRebel Contributor

A culture that rewards people for nothing, includes people for the sake of diversity, and makes children feel they’ve accomplished something when they haven’t, is destroying ambition and real accomplishment.

From a young age, children should be taught that hard work pays off. But schools today are doing the exact opposite.

It’s not just schools, either. It has seeped into the workplace, and now grown adults are being told to expect more for less.

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commented 2018-06-16 10:30:06 -0400
Participation Trophies keep Trophy making companies in business.
commented 2018-06-16 00:16:07 -0400
Last time I checked…there is a 1st ..2nd and 3rd place…
commented 2018-06-15 17:33:25 -0400
Andrew Stephenson an event can be winner take all, if you do not like it , then do not try the event. PRETTY DAMN SIMPLE! And people can bribe their way through school and i personally know someone who paid $50 to get their drivers license from the tester without doing the test.
commented 2018-06-15 13:50:14 -0400
Female firefighters who can lift the weight and contribute to team without lowering expectations is to be celebrated.
commented 2018-06-15 13:48:57 -0400
Female firefighters who can’t lift the weight of a person to save their life is pitiful…..standards lowered and hired anyway.
commented 2018-06-15 11:51:53 -0400 · Flag
“Keith and Helen Harvey commented 10 hours ago
How do you know the surgeon about to do your open heart surgery got his/her papers but didn’t in the real sense earn them.”

Interesting point to raise, since most medical schools are pass/fail and don’t grade students. A common joke among med students: You know what you call the person that finishes last in medical school? Doctor.

" How do you know the female pilot flying the aircraft you just got on for your holiday destination didn’t just get by because they loosened the requirements so she could pass."

How do you know? Your pilot probably wasn’t the best in the class – they don’t just give pilots licenses to the top person in the class, they give them based on competence. If everybody passes, everybody passes – and that’s what they aspire to. Think about it – if they nnly gave pilots licenses to the top person in the class, you’d never get to fly because there would’t be enough pilots.

The real world is far closer to “participation trophies” than “winner take all”.
commented 2018-06-15 02:53:48 -0400
Andrew people know that without these phony trophies. At least the smart ones do. In your case i understand the lack of knowledge.
commented 2018-06-15 01:35:05 -0400
How do you know the surgeon about to do your open heart surgery got his/her papers but didn’t in the real sense earn them. How do you know the female pilot flying the aircraft you just got on for your holiday destination didn’t just get by because they loosened the requirements so she could pass. In some things trying is admirable, but should not result in an award, as the lesson learned is its own reward. If everybody gets the same award, it reduces an individuals commitment, their ambition and their self pride in their success. Lower the bar of what is accomplishment and you may end up with that pilot or surgeon, they will try to do a good job, i’m sure, but they cannot afford to fail or people die. Effort and Success are two distinctly different things. A lot of people make the effort to climb Mt. Everest and fail. Those who are successful reach the summit and climb back down. Those who demonstrated equal effort but were unsuccessful are the dead ones that line the route to the top.
commented 2018-06-14 23:00:15 -0400
On the contrary, participation “trophies” place value in making the effort, which is itself a valuable lesson. There’s no shame in trying, and failing.
commented 2018-06-14 20:09:24 -0400
Its the Marxists educational system that is run by communists union goons.
commented 2018-06-14 19:36:49 -0400
trudeau is the end result poster boy for the trophy for nothing achieved…sorry..he has achieved the final stages of destroying Canada…sorry again..poster “peoplekind”..
commented 2018-06-14 19:33:27 -0400
Great commentary Martina!

Celebrating mediocrity is a waste of time and rewards laziness….get rid of participation ribbons and trophies.

In the workplace, hire the most qualified person to do the job…stop lowering standards to meet ridiculous quotas.