So who says competition in the classroom is inevitable?

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JIM CURRAN
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So who says competition in the classroom is inevitable?

Post by JIM CURRAN » Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:05 am

So who says competition in the classroom is inevitable?

When I talk to my daughter about what it was about school that was so alienating for her, what made her so, so anxious, she has a one-word answer.

Competition.

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Re: So who says competition in the classroom is inevitable?

Post by kenm » Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:18 am

JIM CURRAN wrote:So who says competition in the classroom is inevitable?...
Competition is not an unalloyed benefit, but evaluation is essential to monitor progress; indeed in the form of determination that an applicant to university and commercial courses has the prerequisites to benefit from them it is routinely used. IMO the rarety of such prerequisites in school education is scandalous, putting onto secondary schools the extra burden of catch-up teaching in reading (inter alia?).
"... the innovator has as enemies all those who have done well under the old regime, and only lukewarm allies among those who may do well under the new." Niccolo Macchiavelli, "The Prince", Chapter 6

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Re: So who says competition in the classroom is inevitable?

Post by JIM CURRAN » Wed Jul 13, 2016 4:58 pm

I agree Kenm evaluation is essential and it can be done mainly through Formative and Summative assessment. The late Professor Michael Pressley was a vocal critic of competition in our schools.

' Intrinsic academic motivation is killed off by academic failure. An important reason that such failures are more devastating with increasing grade level is that competition between students accelerates during the elementary years.' ( page 299 Reading Instruction That Works)

According to Professor Pressley effective classrooms should include the following messages:

Trying hard fosters achievement and intelligence.

Failure is a natural part of learning.

Being best is not what school is about; getting better is.

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