Competition is good; it forces young minds to go beyond the rudiments of learning to get at the extraordinary. Whether we admit it to ourselves or not, competition fosters a pattern of high achievement among students who would otherwise make mediore grades. It’s all about challenging young minds where they are and helping them realize their true potential through the rigors of an academic program that works. Thus, competition in the classroom can help students break down barriers to learning by fostering a competitive spirit in slower achievers.
Healthy vs Unhealthy Competition
Learning in a classroom environment is all about attitude. If a student shows a particular powress in his major area of concentration, then that student’s scholarship will either foster a healthy or unhealthy aspect toward competing in the classroom.
Let’s take, for example, two hypothetical situations in which attitude will either make or break a student as far as competition is concerned:
In the first scenario, we have a student who is very studious and is sometimes referred to as The Teacher’s Pet in the minds of those less-studious students. The teacher sees this exemplary student as an eager beaver that she can use to impress the class with his motivation for learning. One of two things can happen: The exceptional student can make everybody fall in line with his attitude for learning or this can lead to an unhealthy approach toward competition.
Yet, to maintain a healthy approach to competition, the aforementioned student’s attitude should have been so contagious that it would have affected the rest of the class in a more favorable light. Thus ensuring that it is attitude that will make or break a student in this academic jungle.
The second scenario: The overwhelmingly response of the class would be negative, and thus, fosters an unhealthy aspect toward competition. This unhealthy will infuse the mindset of the class in such a way that it would affect their overall scholastic performance.
Additionally, there are obvious consequences when one takes the lead in any endeavor. You either play by the rules or you brace yourself for the inevitable. And the inevitable in the case of the studious student will foster an atmosphere of healthy competiton or foster an environment where competition will be a detriment to the student.
Thus, competition in the classroom can help students achieve more if the class follow a pattern of academic excellence foster by the Board of Education and implemented by the teacher. That way, the classroom would be change from one of drudgery where learning is a chore to a place where a student’s self-esteem and self-worth would be enhanced.