#FeedbackFriday – Should every child be a winner?

TrophyThese days it seems there are no winners, and no losers. In most school sports, children receive trophies just for showing up and participating. This week’s #FeedbackFriday asks the question: Should every child be a winner?

There are plenty of recent examples in the news where coaches have been ostracized for allowing their teams to dramatically outscore their opponents. Some say this prohibits children from learning how to cope with failure. Others say this helps children’s self-esteem regardless of their abilities or talents.

So for #FeedbackFriday, tell us Stakeholders…what do you think?

Should every child be a winner? Or should we teach our children the importance of failure? Are we building a culture of complacency, or building a culture of compassion?

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  • Scott

    Great point Cyndy. Clearly we need to value competitiveness as much as we value compassion because in the real world there are winners and losers and if we are not helping kids prepare for the real world then we are doing them a disservice.

    January 30, 2015 at 5:21 pm
  • Cyndy

    I agree Ali, compassion is a vital characteristic for all children to learn; however, competitivness is vital for children because it promotes growth – both personal & global.

    January 30, 2015 at 2:12 pm
  • Ali Parker

    I think it is more important to teach kids compassion than competitiveness because being over competitive can cause bullying and hurt a kids confidence.

    January 30, 2015 at 10:32 am