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Welcome to the Participation Ribbon Generation

October 14, 2013 2 comments

I can’t even begin to express how much this troubles me. I saw this infographic last week and tried my best to put it out of my head, just one of the many emotional gut-grabbing ideas about “believe in yourself” stuff that gets a zillion ‘likes’ and ultimately winds up doing far more damage than good.

PrintThis is the result – and perpetuation – of what happens when you create an entire generation of people who have been told that they have reached the pinnacle of achievement just for showing up.

This is the reason why we have parents pitching to their own children at little league games, where there are no strikeouts.

This is the reason why we no longer have “championships.”

This is the reason why Americans consistently fall in the lowest category for general knowledge amongst our international peers.

This is why cheating is so rampant in schools.

This is why people are so easily offended and have lost any precepts of shame.

This is why too many people do not understand the difference between “deserve” and “earn.”

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