It's Time We Teach Competition

Shields, David Light; Bredemeier, Brenda Light
May 2010
Principal;May/Jun2010, Vol. 89 Issue 5, p62
The authors argue in favor of teaching about competition in schools. They note that, despite critics, competition is part of life and can serve educational purposes or be detrimental, depending on what is taught. It recommends teaching that competition is a form of cooperation in a broader quest for excellence, that there is nothing wrong with wanting to win, and that success and winning are not the same. It differentiates competition from decompetition, which emphasizes victory over learning.


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