James Harrison was right…participation trophies are bogus

We live in the age where every child gets a trophy for just showing up. Former Pittsburg Steelers Jame Harrison returned his sons participation trophies. He wants his children to earn accolades. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.

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  • Bill  On August 16, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    They are bogus but they sure do boost self esteem. We’re becoming a nation of unaccomplished ciphers who really feel good about ourselves.

  • atlmom5  On August 17, 2015 at 9:32 am

    He’s right. Who gives out trophies for participation anyways–that just seems really expensive ( my frugal mindset at play) to do. What happened to just telling kids thanks for coming out and a round of applause for their effort–if they truly put in the work. Now, honestly, I don’t know if I would have told my child/ren to give the trophy back (kudos to him),but I understand where he’s coming from.

  • Elogam  On August 19, 2015 at 3:15 am

    I applaud this man for standing against the tide of “everyone is a winner!” that saps our children’s ability to learn to deal with loss. Everyone will eventually have to deal with not being good enough, or smart enough. I heard a kid talking to his friend. He was talking about the basketball team at his school and he said, “Next year I’m playing varsity! I would have played this year, but the team was too full….” Yeah right kid. Everyone was just as talented as you, so there was no ability to place you on the team. How about you just admit your skills weren’t as good as the worst player on the team? Own your shortcomings so you can learn from them and address them. But we cause this problem by not exposing our kids to the reality that someone is better than them, and should be rewarded accordingly.

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