We’ve seen plenty of evidence of trophy culture through the years, and the phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down. In essence, the youth of our nation is being taught that everyone is a winner, and that there are no losers if you just go ahead and try.
Needless to say, that leads to some unrealistic expectations for the rest of their lives. It’s a tough world out there, and trophies and plaques don’t exactly translate into currency to pay the bills.
As the Daily Wire shares, here’s some more evidence that trophy culture is permeating our country’s educational system.
Two researchers conducting a study found the percentage of high school seniors graduating with an A average has risen sharply in the last 20 years, even though SAT scores have been dropping.
According to the study conducted by Michael Hurwitz of the College Board and Jason Lee, a doctoral student at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education, almost half (47%) of high school seniors in 2016 had an A average, a percentage that had risen from 38.9% in 1998.
In that same time span, average SAT scores fell from 1,026 to 1,002 on a 1,600-point scale.
Since a whole bunch of people are winning at the high school level, that means they’re absolutely knocking it out of the park at the next level, right? That would be an incorrect assumption.
A recent study by the Harvard Graduate School of Education found that just 56% of college students complete a four-year degree within six years of entering college. For students who start at two-year colleges, it’s even worse: Just 29% earn a degree within three years. Examining the academic transcripts of high school graduates in the 18-year period from 1998 to 2016, they found that the average grade point average (GPA) rose from 3.27 to 3.38, even as the average SAT score dropped.
While it’s a nice sentiment to worry about whether or not anyone is walking away with hurt feelings or a bruised ego, the real world doesn’t work like that.
An insistence on recognizing effort as being enough to be exceptional leads to a heightened sense of entitlement, as well as an inability to cope when things don’t work out as planned.
Thankfully, there are plenty of parents out there that recognize this. As such, they do all that they can to instill the concepts of reality and hard work into their children. That’s pretty challenging when a large portion of society is going in a different direction entirely, but the effort to make it happen is well worth it.
Source: The Daily Wire