Competition in the Education System

"Competition in our education system is a zero sum game in which the success of one person is based on the failure of others."

“We compete not because we are born that way but because we are raised that way”. Research shows that children in non-competitive environments are much more innovative, creative and productive as opposed to those in a competitive environment."

"First, competition often makes kids anxious and that interferes with their concentration. Second, competition doesn’t permit them to share their talents and resources as cooperation does, so they can’t learn from one another. Finally, trying to be number one distracts them from what they’re supposed to be learning. It distracts them from the intrinsic motivation to do certain things and focus on the extrinsic factors (often punishments or rewards) to achieve certain things."