Competition and learning

Why are our children failing so much in school?  These clips from Rick Lavoie’s conference are a real eye opener.  Rick Lavoie is a specialist of Learning Disabilities and has published extensive work about schooling and learning.

Rick Lavoie covers (and destroys) the following myths:

  • Competition is the widest tool used for teaching, because it is “motivating” (It’s not)
  • It’s a scary big bad world out there, so we need to prepare the kids for it (But kids aren’t adult!)
  • We do our best work when we compete head to head (No, it’s when we compete against ourselves)
  • The classroom is by nature competitive (not it’s not, the teacher has other options)
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