I'm prompted to ask this question because of something that happened here where I live. I 'm involved with running a smallish arts festival, in an effort to be more inclusive to young people we suggested a competition, pupils might be interested in entering, competitors were asked to design a poster for the festival. The winning poster to be printed and used, plus small monetary prizes for first, and runner-up. The schools were horrified, saying if there was a winner, there would be losers. I replied that on the contrary all would have had the chance to compete and gain experience of taking part. I was told this would be damaging to 12-17year old children??
Well as a child I was well damaged then LOL. Way back in the pre-historical times of my childhood it was considered, that the honour was in taking part."Better to have taken part and failed than never take part". This was the credo we lived by. Since my dealings with the school board, I've noticed reports of sports days where races consist of three contestants....so everyone can have a medal? I wonder if you have the same attitudes in your countries?
I truly believe that success is wonderful but failure is also important. I think that it is better a person learns how to cope with failure while young, living at home, going to school where they will have lots of support in learning to cope with, learn from and use a failure. A failure can be constructive in many ways. it may be a disappointment but a lot can be learnt from it. Most importantly you learn about yourself. I read recently that someone was thinking of publishing a scientific journal of failed studies. Think of the time and money that could be saved, preventing people from repeating exactly a previous study.
At our local university, there have been two suicides by first-year students this year. The pain and waste of that. Parents, no one knew of the student's distress. Both students had been high flyers in their schools, never getting less than 90% on a paper. Both had got mid-terms in the 45-50%range, these poor kids must have been shattered. could not share their sense of failure. Perhaps if they had taken a few knocks in their young lives they would have been better prepared to cope. I fear we have come too far in protecting young people from life. What do you think?Recommend0 recommendations