Trophies for Dummies
"Don't give me credit for the things that I've been through. Give me credit for what I've accomplished." - CNA with BrightStar from an episode of Undercover Boss
We were at an awards party for our daughter's bowling league. There were three categories that recognized individual achievement. One girl in Hannah's division received two trophies for high honors; Hannah received the third. But Hannah didn't earn the award; the other girl had earned all three honors. My husband took the award to the coordinator, pointed out the error and asked the trophy to be inscribed for the young lady who had earned it. The league coordinator told him that wasn't possible; she wasn't permitted to give all the first-place trophies to the same bowler. So, since Hannah was second in each category, they gave her one of the three first-place trophies.
How did we get to a place where it is OK to award someone who didn't earn it, while we withhold recognition from those who actually accomplished the feat? How will false recognition in school athletics affect the expectations of this generation of children when they get into the workplace? Will they become employees and clients who feel they deserve treatment or benefits they haven't earned?