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1, Jun 27, 2012

Participation is success: an erroneous claim

Filed under: Education — admin @ 12:20 am

My daughter and I talked about it on 5/30. We both have heard of this and have watched how some parents clapped their hands for their children’s effort, like throwing a basketball even though it did not get into the hoop or playing a game even though their team did not win.

I told my daughter if you participate, make every effort to win. Don’t participate for the sake of participation.

After all, the purpose of competition is to filter out the losers and those who make greatest efforts can win. It doesn’t give you a good feeling if you always watch others claim the trophies. In the long run, participating without ever winning anything will hurt the self-esteem of this participant.

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