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How do you feel about participation awards in school?
I've had this nearly complete for a while, but moving delayed me finishing it.

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SymphonicCatastrophe Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student
I got an award once for "Satisfactory participation".

It... made me feel kind of sad actually.. ;w;
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rumikoholic Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Clearly, you've never had children. If a child enters and tries their best, they should be celebrated. Maybe not with participant ribbons, but at least by the people who love them. Applejack is completely out of character here. there is no way she'd treat Applebloom, or anyone else who tried their best, like that in the show. She is not an ultra-competitive, win at any cost, first place or no place kind of pony. that's more of a Rainbow Dash kind of thing.
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Amazing-Conundrum Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
calm down bro it's just an art fart
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Shamrock95 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Am I the only one who gets seriously irritated by this "participation award" nonsense? If you get an award, it should be because you *earned* it! It's a recognition of how well you did. If you just throw a medal at every kid who took part, then the whole concept of being awarded becomes meaningless. Maybe I'm being irrational, but it just ticks me off.
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Amazing-Conundrum Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
calm down bro it's just an art fart
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Shamrock95 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Heh, "art fart".

Yeah, like I said, it just irritates me.
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Amazing-Conundrum Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
yis
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gogeta17 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
just like rodrick said in doawkdd.
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PoniPie Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
AJ's right.
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SFaccountant Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
If you're not first, you're LAST!

- Lessons from Will Farell
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Shishoka Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Participation awards aren't there for the kids. They're there for the parents. You're kid finished fifteenth? Well, he gets an award anyway. The parents who want their children to try their best and learn to accept their losses and try harder next time are doing a good thing. The people who think that participation awards will have an effect on the winners who will parade around with their first or second place ribbons are deluding themselves. It just means when they rub their victory in the faces of those who lost they'll be able to point out that they'd have gotten that award even if they didn't finish or try. My opinion is that the participation award is a waste of time. Taking everyone out for ice cream after and maybe some pictures to remember the occasion is not.
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moizzzproductions Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
i never got participation awards, they never let me participate..
cute though.
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EriRinLee Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Artist
I absolutly HATED getting participation awards. I was weak and scrawny when I was a kid. So when ever I got a participation award it was like rubbing it in my face that I wasn't as good as the other kids that always won. I would have been better off not receiving anything.
Of course, one good thing DID come of getting them, and that was when I got older. I didn't want to just be a participant, I wanted to be a winner. I gave everything my all and I never got a participation award again, because I put in the time and effort.
So, to make it short and sweet: Most kids wouldn't have seen it the way I did. It only says "You're as special at this as everybody else."
What's the point of winning if everyone "wins?"

Cute comic btw. ^^
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Tatsurou-san Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
My personal opinion on participation awards:
Sheets of paper or medals that say "Yay! You participated!" should not exist. I mean, what if I just showed up to the run, walked three steps, and sat down? I still participated.
Now, taking everyone who tried their best - whether they got a physical medal or not - out for a treat like ice cream, on the other hoof, is an excellent way to encourage all involved to at least try, while the awarded medals to only the best encourage everyone to try their hardest.
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RunningWolf26 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Writer
I would have to agree with Applejack on this comic. ENOUGH WITH CELEBRATING MEDIOCRITY.

Personally, I HATE Participation awards. What I find even worse are the Silver and Bronze medals of the Olympics. Personally I find the title of "Second Place" and "Third Place" just a glorified words for Losing. Let's be honest, No one cares about those places because NO athlete goes to The Olympics just hoping to get Silver or Bronze, they All want that Gold Medal.

Awards should be EARNED, not given because we don't want someone to feel bad that they weren't in first place.
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anonjohnny Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
It isn't about participation, it's about progress, it's about stepping forward to strive towards your goal, perhaps the person (or in this case pony) may not have won but at least they tried. I don't believe I've seen you "participate" in the Olympics having attempted to move towards your life goal takes courage, courage that should be awarded. But if it's involuntary then that's bad.
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RunningWolf26 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Writer
Progress is truly the key here, and I do agree that IF you want something bad enough you should at least try for it. And if you don't make it it's not a bad thing, it just means that there is room for you to improve, whether or not you did or didn't do something. BUT I still find it wrong to give out awards to everyone, when only 3 or 4 (usually most competitions have 3 if not 4 places that "give" awards) did well enough to earn them. It makes the ones who DID do all that work, training and/or studying feel like bittersweet that they even tried that hard.

And as for the Olympics, I used that as a reference since the discussion on hand was about medal awards. i could have used the Nobel prize as well, but they only give ONE award per category and those are usually very specific as to what field they are given in. as for me participating in the Olympics, I did try to place in order to have the honour of representing the U.K. exactly 3 times starting when I was 15.And Yes even thought I never placed high enough to make it into the U.K. Olympic Team, I still continued to get better as with each time I tried. BUT alas My forte is and has always been in academics, particularly History, I have 2 Masters and am working on finishing up my Ph.D. To be perfectly I tried out for a spot on the team because of my professors had noticed my excellence in my extracurricular activities and advised me to try out to which I did, but it was of my own terms.

And before you ask, Yes I did start college when I was 15. I mainly did the extracurricular activities to relieve the tension from intense studying.
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Noreias Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In this case it's talking about how she didn't even finish. Of course having the courage to participate is good, but awards, at least in my opinion, should show something unique.
Ice cream is a totally different thing though, since it's consumable :) THAT is a good participation award.
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truecere Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
listen not gonna try to troll but maybe u feel like this because u used to get silver or bronze? or maybe u never lost and don't know what it's like to feel bad? sometimes 1st can be bitter and last sweet. in other words it's lonely at the top and you have company at the bottom
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RunningWolf26 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Writer
I can concur with those statements, you make very valid points.

And As for me winning Silver and Bronze, I have indeed won both and even a few gold, BUT Whenever I won Silver or Bronze, I always wondered what could I have done or what didn't I do to win the next medal up or even the top medal and tried even harder to achieve those accomplishments. It was only when I won one of the 3, and had seen others who still gotten medals for participating, was when I truly thought WHY even bother trying for the top 3 when they give everyone awards. It took the excitement out of trying to go for those awards. Can you see what I mean??

And on a more personal note, I have 2 Masters Degrees and I am currently finishing up my Ph.D.. so I do know the constant feeling of striving to reach the top, but even still if they just gave everyone the degree I worked so hard to achieve My first thoughts would be WHY did I even bother studying so hard when they just GAVE degrees to everyone just for trying.
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truecere Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
no man not striving i aucatully think people shouldn't get awards if they don't finish by 5th place. what u said was that only gold was worth selebrating
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RunningWolf26 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Writer
Fair enough but Let's be honest, Does ANYONE remember ANY Silver Medal or even Bronze Medal Olympians?? Or People who ALMOST received a Nobel Prize?? Or a team ALMOST won the Superbowl (And I'm not playing favourites with teams here, just making a point. lol)?? The reality is that the world in general only celebrates those who finish first. Not saying it's always right, just pointing it out.

Now I will admit, it is different when it is someone you care about. When your Wife, Husband, Girlfriend, Boyfriend, Brother, Sister, Mother, Father, Daughter, Son and etc. wins something, we all celebrate with that person for those accomplishments. and WHY Not?? It's a great thing that they won Gold, Silver, or even Bronze. But I am not speaking of a personal view. I am speaking as a whole in general.

But then again the whole concept of giving awards, like many others, is a touchy and tricky subject. Do you only award those who finish in the top 3,4 or even 5th?? OR do you hand them out to everyone so they don't feel bad??

I say, you SHOULD award those who train, study, or practice to the point that they do deserve to be rewarded, and you should not just hand out rewards (Medals, Certificates, Degrees, etc.) to everyone just because you are afraid of making those who did not do as well feel bad. Those who do not do well, should learn to be gracious "losers" (and I mean no offense in using that term) that way they learn the importance of good sportsmanship, BUT if the "Winner's" (and I use that term lightly) are not gracious in victory, then they should have their awards taken back. NO one likes having someone else rub their degree/s, awards, medals in their face.

We must all learn how to be gracious losers and gracious winners.
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rumikoholic Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Christie Yamaguchi. Look her up. The most celebrated figure skater of all-time. Never won gold in the Olympics.
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truecere Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
the only thing i have to say is all victories are great and all losses are great think about that and respond after pondering
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RunningWolf26 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Writer
I can agree.

Victories are great because they allow you to feel the satisfaction of a job done well. Whether it is a medal you received for athletics, academics, or otherwise you feel as though your hard work has truly paid off. Victories give you the motivation to keep doing well and keep earning more.

And Losses are great because they allow you to learn from your mistakes and know that you can always find room to improve yourself in whatever it is you have chosen to take up. Losses also give you even more of a Motivation to do well especially if you know exactly what you did or didn't do to achieve that victory. ^_^
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truecere Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
glad we could work this out
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Lorntak Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
"We are all winners, have an award even if you finished last!"

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Geminii27 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
I would have hated such awards as a kid. I'd have known they were meaningless and valueless, and resented having such garbage foisted on me.
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Davey-the-6th-moon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Writer
Great commentary here and in the comments below. ^_^
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Foxy-Noxy Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! And I agree. :)
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DeltaPsimega Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Participation Awards are the reason for overall laziness...
In other words, this reminds me of the Runescape dialog, haha
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ShadowxShadowAngel Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
LOL
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Noreias Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
participation awards I may as well throw in the trash
if I won something I deserved that actually meant something I would keep it forever
ice cream I would eat any day.
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Gamerguy9900 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
that sounds like my life...
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slayandnight Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
I race bmx, and at local races you only get trophies/stamps for 3rd 2nd or 1st. At nationals however if you make the main but dont get in the areas of 1st-4th
then you get a main qualifier trophy, now dont get confused they are not just giving you the trophy because you raced, you have to make your main to get the trophy at a nationals. what do i think about participation trophies in school? well i dont have any personal experience with participation trophies in schools but what i can say is the purpose of a competition is to find out who, out of a certain amount of people, ages, or skillsets is the best at x activity. To me participation trophies say "Oh you were not good enough at x activity, so where gonna give you a trophy anyways so you dont feel bad." I never really looked at losing at something as being singled out or left behind I just looked at it like "oh i wasnt as good as them too bad so sad whoopedy fucking do", and i moved on because it wasnt the end of the world.
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EclipseWolf64 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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slayandnight Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
oh come on it wasnt even that long.
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EclipseWolf64 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Most of the other comments are short :P
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slayandnight Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
scroll down a bit more.
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EclipseWolf64 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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slayandnight Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
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tf-regal Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
To be honest, I feel like Applejack. Awards are for accomplishing something, not just for existing.
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Erzherzog007 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Apple Bloom looks like she is wearing a dog or cat collar.
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Silly Applebloom XD
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EB-the-GAMER Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gaskuma: Es a meexed ba-guh
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Cruel-Quillish Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I hate participation awards just as much as I hate the 'no child left behind' idea. It certainly shows in this society. At my little sister-in-law's school, they don't even get GRADED anymore. They just getting either a pass, fail, or need to improve. Why is anyone going to try for 100% when they get the same mark as someone who gets eighty?
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Theedarkcorner Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The worst thing you can be as a child is different/the odd one out. If you do leave a child behind, that will alienate them from their peers and possibly set them up to get bullied. If they cannot overcome that bullying then they'll get less social experience and possibly gain some traumas having permanent effects on their thought process leading to paranoia (them thinking, "are they laughing at me?" whenever someone laughs), depression ("they treat me like crap, therefore I am crap"), anxiety ("Someone played a cruel prank on me in front of the whole class, now I can't let my guard down when I'm in a classroom.")

Kids don't fail grade school anymore. Why? Because you can be sure that parents would rain down hell on the teacher/school that failed their kid. Parents of "problem children" don't want to face the reality that their kid is a troublemaker, is struggling with schoolwork, is bullying other kids etcetera. In parent-teacher meetings, when a teacher tells the parents that their kid is constantly disrupting the class and bullying their peers, the parent tells the teacher that THEY'RE bullying their kid and that's the end of it.

If a kid isn't trying, doesn't care, causes problems in class, then 99.99% of the time it's because of trouble at home. The only reason a child would want to succeed is because their parents encouragement and help. You want a problem child? Easy, ignore them.
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Cruel-Quillish Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're going to be the odd one out regardless, whether it's because of your size, marks, or one silly mistake you make. If someone doesn't have the intelligence to succeed, they should be held back until they do. What, you think we should let them keep going just to be 'fair' when they will never succeed in life? Plus, kids rarely make fun of someone because of their intelligence, and if they do, they will continue to do so regardless if they are 'left behind or not'. Do you think that a child with the social functioning and/or intelligence of a three year are going to suddenly stop being made fun of just because he's in the same class as kids his age? That's a silly way to think.
All those mental conditions aren't just experienced because people are held back. Nearly every child experiences this. Could it have something to do with our 'traumatic' experiences in school? Of course. But we suck it up, and we pull through. I hate it when people use these things as an excuse to baby children. Let's just keep everyone in a bubble so they never have to feel pain again.

Yes, I agree that parents are a big problem in all of this, but why should we be giving into their stupidity? It's just making things worse. You can't sue a school for telling you the truth about your children. You can whine all you want, but in the end, your child is still a problem child. Giving into the demands of spoiled parents just in turn creates spoiled children. Things will never get better and will continue to get worse until someone realizes that struggling is human, and taking away that struggle is just hurting everyone in the long run. Have you ever worked with teenagers these days? Well, the kids are even worse than that. I dread when they become old enough to join the workforce.
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Theedarkcorner Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I disagree that a child being the odd one out is predetermined, and I never said it was a good thing for children to get a free pass because of these circumstances, only that these circumstances are in the way of them failing. But, your idea of holding children back because they lack "intelligence" (If intelligence is the only qualification to pass, then we should make education exclusive to mensa society members. It'd save a lot of time and money.) "until they can pass" (In other words, indefinitely in some cases.) is extremely wrong. Besides it being an enormous waste of money, in your scenario, you could have an autistic child with dyslexia held back because they failed English, or a child that can't do their homework because they're trying to avoid their abusive home (And how do you think their abusive parent(s) will react when they fail?), or a child with an undiagnosed health disorder failing at physical education due to lack of participation. These are legitimate reasons for failing that will end up holding all these children back, at least in the respective subjects. They may continue to fail even as their problems lessens until 2, 3 or maybe 5 years later until they'll give up. Because, how humiliating do you think it would be having to go to school with kids half your size, or having to take subjects intended for people half your age? How many years can a person endure sitting through the same lessons? How well do you think people can deal with failing once, let alone multiple times? Even if these children gain the capability to pass, it might be too late. What kind of job prospects will these failures have? Even jobs that are fully within their capability will be out of their reach. In most careers, at least a high school diploma is required.

And just because a child hasn't done well on a test doesn't mean they haven't grasped certain general concepts. In fact, they might gain new understanding while looking at their mistakes. For these children, it would be a waste of time to hold them back since there's enough repetition throughout successive school years that it should compensate for any gaps in their understanding. It's completely possible for a child to fail 4th grade and pass 5th.

But maybe instead of failing kids entirely, allow them to continue while requiring them to get tutoring, attend a cram school, supplementary lessons over the holidays and/or after finding and treating/eliminating the root cause of their troubles (starting with their home life).
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Cruel-Quillish Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry, this all kind of means nothing to someone who still believes in natural selection and believes that if you fail, that's how it's meant to be. I'm a little bitter about these things after seeing the population's intelligence levels slowly dropping as the stupid people 'succeed' and manage to breed even worse children. I never used to think that way. It's just difficult to see the things happen in my town. Kids skip school but still pass their courses because of their race, only to not use their diplomas because they get paid even if they don't get a job. The teenagers who aren't of that race see this happening and get discouraged, and since they will never have it that easy (and since they aren't afraid to fail) they also stopped trying. The majority of kids that go to our town's school end up dropping out because it's a huge waste of time since they aren't being taught anything. I guess this isn't really the fault of the kids. It's the fault of the school system.

That would be a better way to do it, but unfortunately those programs would cost money. You know how much the school systems hate giving money to help kids do better in life.
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