Parents and students at several private schools heard why kids can learn from losing at The Hockaday School in Dallas.
They gathered to listen to best-selling author Po Bronson who's message that modern strategies for nurturing children, are backfiring.
"All these things we were doing to buoy kids confidence, to be an angel on their shoulder, whispering in their ear, 'You're great,' was actually under minding their performance long term," Bronson said.
In his book Top Dog, Bronson argues that children need a lot of healthy competition.
In Keller, a youth football league has already taken that advice to heart and decided to stop handing out participation trophies.
"We don't want them to have this sense of entitlement that's been brought on the last 10-15 years," Paul Quinones, Keller Youth Association, said.
But not all parents are happy about the decision.
"These kids worked really hard, we're out for hours," Jeena Brady, a Keller parent, said, "and it's really neat for them to be able to put something on their shelves."
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