Competition is a natural occurrence, but to give everyone a fair shot at making it in life; it has to be eliminated from our education systems. It is true to say that not all students are created equal when it comes to studies comprehension, but ranking them based on a single performance module is wrong and misleading.
To prosper, every education system should focus on each student’s strength, allow them to study what they like, and give them the opportunity to succeed in something that they like. The dangers of a competition-based education system might not be obvious but are noticeable if you take the time to evaluate it. This article will take a brief look at some of these dangers, and hopefully create awareness on the matter.
Disadvantages of competition-based education
Unnecessary pressure on students
With this kind of education system, students are forced to compete with their fellow students, focusing more on what they can remember, rather than teaching practical skills. For instance, both schools and parents are more interested in what a student scores in a math test, rather than what practical skills they have. Based on the best performance, the students are ranked placing unnecessary pressure on those that do not perform well. These poor performers are under constant pressure to do better, losing their focus on their interests.
Neglects personal interests
As hinted on the above section, competition makes students lose focus on what they like, and spend most of their time learning something they have no interest in just to keep up with their fellow students and please their parents or school. It is well known that even the worst performing student, is very good at something that the best performing student cannot do. For instance, the student that is poor in class work can play sports better that the best student in class.
Encourages drop out
With a competition based education system, the students are on a constant quest to perform better, and when things don’t work out, most of them drop out. This system of education focuses on ranking more than giving the students practical knowledge that can be used to make their lives easier.
In this type of education system, you are easily discriminated if you do not perform well in class. Also, in some cases, when a student performs very well, they are discriminated by other students, creating a harsh social environment for them.