The "Participation Trophy" Generation

Should every kid get a trophy?

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
June 07, 2018 - 1:41 pm
Participation Trophy

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Should every kid get a trophy?  Participation trophies are given to children who participate in a sporting event but do not finish in first, second or third place, and so would not normally be eligible for an award.

It is frequently associated with millennials.There use has become controversial in recent years: critics argue that they promote narcissism and entitlement among children to whom they are given, and are based on incorrect assumptions regarding supposed psychological benefits of self-esteem.

Defenders of participation trophies argue that they teach children that trying their best is good enough, even if they do not win. Critics of participation trophies also note that some children also do not value them as much as they do normal trophies that are given to winners.

KDKA Radio's Marty Griffin attended a school science fair for his son, Vincent.  Each kid received a participation medal.   Griffin asks "Should they all get medals, is it beneficial?" "Do we reward too much, I'm perplexed!"

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