After our end-of-the-year awards ceremony, many children who received nothing were dejected and a few were in tears. Some teachers were incensed because they believe that every child should have received something.
Is there merit in recognizing those who perform superlatively, or would we be better off without such rewards? I would like to hear your opinions.
Asked by Anonymous at 5:09 PM on Jun. 19, 2011 in Parenting Debate
Answer by NannyB. at 5:21 PM on Jun. 19, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 5:25 PM on Jun. 19, 2011
From the mother of grown children, I present the following: I have a now 20 year old who has always been at the top of the class, gifted and honored with awards a plenty. HOWEVER, he is NOT a hard worker. He just happens to be one who academics, sports, music...come easily. Why should a B or C student who works very, very hard not EVER get honored, yet a person like my son get lavished year after year? At least my boy is kind, nice and humble-
Answer by Sisteract at 9:37 PM on Jun. 19, 2011
Answer by Freela at 10:20 PM on Jun. 19, 2011
Answer by katiemomNY at 5:23 PM on Jun. 19, 2011
Those parents should use that as a learning opportunity. They won't always win or get a reward. So many young people today are not getting that message and feel they are entitled to everything. Growing up not everyone got a participation award only some who were at the top did. Gave an incentive to do your best. The mentality we don't want to ever allow a child to fail or not be the best is why we have so many who feel everyone else owes them.
Answer by Anonymous at 11:26 PM on Jun. 19, 2011
Answer by SWasson at 6:40 PM on Jun. 19, 2011
As a 1st grade teacher I feel it's important that I give EVERY student an award of some type. Some students receive 1 award, other may receive 3 or 4 for all their hard work and positive behavior.
Answer by skittles1108 at 10:30 PM on Jun. 19, 2011
Answer by Kitkat61277 at 11:16 PM on Jun. 19, 2011
Answer by soflashelley at 7:26 AM on Jun. 20, 2011