Our son’s school had an end-of-quarter awards ceremony and even though my kid got an award I just hate it as a concept.
Instead of honoring and motivating kids, I think awards just make the other kids who didn’t get awards feel badly. They already know they didn’t have an A average that quarter, and at my son’s school they feel badly about it. I watched one little girl crying with embarrassment that her name wasn’t called. That’s not good.
Let the parents make a big deal about great grades at home or the school can send home a letter or certificate, but I just don’t think it necessary to embarrass the kids that didn’t have an A average that quarter. I know that’s not their intention but I feel like that’s the result.
What do you think? Are awards a good way to honor the kids who achieved and motivate others to do better? Or just make the other kids feel badly?