No, I don't think you should receive participation awards at every event because I don't see any point in getting a certificate or ribbon when all you may have done was show up. The point of placing is to show the people who did outstanding and a participation award might take away from that if everybody gets something.
Somebody could also show up, have a bad attitude about the event, and do virtually nothing, yet still end up with an award.
I agree, if all someone does is show up and gets an award then I would not find that fair. Although if someone did not exceed to a higher level but put forth a genuine effort, it would be fair to award them with a smaller award and give out bigger awards for high achieving participants.
That is a great point that if someone just shows up to show up and do nothing then they do not deserve the award.
Facts, showing up should not get you a prize.
I do not think that everyone should be a participations award because no one has the same amount of skill and they are being awarded for not being the best. The disadvantage of giving everyone an ward will belittle the people who have competed for the top place.
I fully agree
I agree that some people do not have the same amount of skill and should not always be awarded equally for not doing the best.
I don't think it should be available for every single event, but I also don't think we should exclude the idea of awarding certain people that put forth an effort to try and participate in an event. If we awarded the people that really tried, then it makes the activity worth doing and fun to some people. If we honor the people that don't try or participate, then the award would symbolically mean less.
Good point about the symbolic meaning going down, I agree.
You made a good point when you said that we should award the people who really tried. I didn't think about that.
I very much agree with this.
I totally agree if you did work hard you should get something.
I personally think no one should receive participation awards because anyone can get one where if you actually win and get an award you can say you worked for it and it has meaning.
I agree, everyone gets the same thing then it means nothing, but a reward that is earned has true value.
Yes, because I think everyone should get some kind of reward for participating even if they didn’t win or get first place. A disadvantage would be that people might not be as competitive. An advantage would be that people would also have a better mood about losing cause they’d get rewarded for effort.
No I do not think that you should receive a participation award, you should not get an award for something that you did not earn. If everyone gets an award for everything they do than it diminishes the point of giving out awards. The people that actually earn the award by putting work in the award will have less meaning because everyone received one. The disadvantages are that it will make people lazy and entitled. There are no advantages.
I agree, Raelynn. You worded your opinion very well.
I like how you added that the reward will have less meaning.
I agree, that in the long term there are pretty much no advantages.
Those who don't put in the work and effort don't deserve to be rewarded. The advantage is you can see who actually puts in the work to get their goals.
I completely agree. It doesn't make sense otherwise.
You should NOT receive a participation award for every competition of event, regardless of skill level. This behavior would fall under the category of socialism, encouraging participants to become lazy and put less effort into their job. The cons include surgeons being paid as much as McDonald's workers. Why would someone put all of their time into college and medical school if they can make the same amount of money heating up fake burgers in the microwave? Also, there would be no means of entrepreneurship or individualized businesses, and products would not vary. There are absolutely no advantages, because I support capitalism, and "you can't spell America without Erica".
I didn't think about it like that. But what if it's McDonald's workers becoming paid as much as surgeons... That would be wacky
Communism is wacky, my friend.
The examples you used really got your point through, good job.
Smart thinking of referencing jobs, quite well done.
I think that participation awards don't make sense. Because it doesn't make sense for getting full credit on homework or a big project, of you didn't do anything. And it makes kids think that in the real world, no matter what, it will turn out okay, and that it's all sunshines and rainbows. When it's not. But it can also help kids to feel included and allow them to feel equal. While that can be good, it makes kids feel inadequate if they don't get anything. So it teaches them to expect free things no matter what or how they did.
I think this comment was well written, I liked how you saw it from both points of views.
You make a good point when you say that people should work to deserve their awards instead of just receiving them.
I agree with what you said about how it doesn't make sense to get credit on an assignment if you didn't do anything.
I like how you said it how it is and not everything gets handed to you
I agree, and feel like you explained your reasoning very well.
I think that participation awards should be given out. Wether or not you are good at the sport or activity you still showed up and participated while others did not. Recognition is a huge part of sports and why they are so rewarding. A lot of people might argue that participation awards are meaningless because everyone gets them but I think they are important. Some people put in an immeanse amount of effort into their sport and still cannot seem to be one of the best, particiaption awards are still something they can show and be proud of.
I agree when you say that people should feel encouraged to continue in a sport or hobby that they work hard at! You said it really well.
I like how you saw a point of view that most others didn't see, because there is some importance in teaching everyone that participation is important.
I don't think everyone should get an award because that would defeat the purpose of having awards. I also think though that participation awards should be included for the people that actually put in the effort to try and do their best whereas if the other people that did not put in effort should not receive one.
I like how you said that there wouldn't be a purpose of awards if they were just given out.
I feel that since everyone gives different levels of participation, it is near impossible to reward them all equally. And on that note, because everyone has different skill levels, you could argue biased or unfair judgement to give everyone the same praise. Effort is another factor in this equation, so the judge is left to decide who deserves what kind of reward. Our society is setup to be an unbalanced scale of false equality.
I love how you made the point of the different skill levels. I thought about that and tried to include that in my comment, but you worded it better.
Thank you, Shay. I looked at your comment, and you had a lot of great points in this discussion. I like how you commented on recognition for being active in an activity, it’s definitely an important side of the argument.
(In my opinion)
No. I do not think that we should receive an award every time we have an event or every time we participate in something. If we all received an award everytime we did something, there would be no point in doing it. We would not want to put any effort into anything and we wouldnt have any motivation to get things done.
I agree when you say that if we knew we were going to receive something for participating, we would not have any motivation to achieve higher goals.
I do not think that everybody should get a participation award. Though there are some advantages of it when we are younger to teach kids to participate, if it happens more than once it teaches them that the quality of what they do doesn't matter as long as they show up.
I agree, that it does encourage younger kids, but when we grow older it is just a repetitive, pointless award.
I do not think everyone should receive a participation award because it would take the value out of the award so it would then be pointless. Another reason on why not is the person could have not even tried to get to where they are so they wouldn't need a thing on top of that, if it is deserved then I believe they will get an award for winning.
I agree that it would be pointless.
I like how you stated multiple reasons.
No. I think participant awards are pointless and in all make you feel worse. It is like saying "Hey, you suck, but here is something that says you tried." Also I feel like awards should be kept "special". So that when you do well there is a "great reward" and it also inspires other participants, or participants to be, to work toward that award. In all participants that don't place or get rewards just get pity awards
Although not everyone thinks this way, it's a good point to make, since as a collective, I agree that participation awards can just make people feel worse.
I do not think everyone should receive a participation award regardless of skill, this is because reward should be given out when u give it your all and succeed in what you are trying at, a award is a something that shows that all your hard work has finally paid off. The advantages of a participation award can be good because it can sometimes make people who didn't do good still feel like they got something out of it and won't give up. The disadvantage is some people won't try knowing that they will still get something out of them.
I agree that the award should be worked for. Good job
I don't think people should receive participation awards, since they're not putting in the work. If they want rewards they need to work for it. It gives rewards less value if everyone gets one, which can also decrease people's skill over time, since they think they'll get an award anyways.
I don't think everyone should get a participation award in EVERY event, just because this would belittle the people who actually won the event. But at the same time getting a participation award does not mean you won so the person shouldn't feel belittled. The person who won should know that they won... overall I feel that Participation awards are not all that great. Its a different story for children though
I agree that young kids should be given an award to be motivated to play again but these awards should only be given for a certain amount of years.
I dislike the idea of participation awards. At least the physical ones. It’s a very backhanded complement to have an award that “says you tried,how very mediocre of you.” I think award enough if a “thank you”, or someone simply complementing you. It feels good to achieve, and push yourself to improve for yourself. That shows for itself, it doesn’t need a flashy trophy.
While I agree that symbols of participation are useful in binding groups together and in sparking recollections of enjoyable memories, participation awards in competitive activities and sports, do not encourage the participants to try their best. By rewarding all levels of effort the same, those who tried especially hard might feel as though their effort was needless, as it went unappreciated. In some government configurations, such as socialism, this may be applicable. In socialism, all members of society contribute what they can, and then are returned equal portions of lifestyle needs. (This is a rough approximation of the socialism ideal.) It might work well if all members of the society contribute equally or in proportion to their capability, but if someone is lazy... as people tend to be... and they still are granted those same equal portions, then the whole system is made unfair. Participation awards can be like this.
I also agree that participation awards should not be awarded in a competition.
Through the years we as humans have developed an award called the participation award. Many believe that giving this award makes everyone feel like a winner, But this is folly, the idea that everyone that participated in an event did an amazing job is false, some people work harder and put in more effort and deserve more glory than someone who just pulled up and sat around, this can make you lose motivation. And getting a participation reward can make you feel worse about your performance, because if you worked really hard and all you got was thing to remind you that all that matters is you came it takes away from what you worked for. We should not cut back the skill of the exceptional.
An advantage of a participation award is when you're young because getting a medal or something for doing something could make you want to continue to pursue whatever you participated in to get better.
A disadvantage is that if you give people participation rewards after they have grown, what was a motivator will make them slothful because hey they still get a reward they don't need to try as hard .
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