Competition in Education can be reformed, by better understanding the ups and downs of competition through the course of history, and how it can better aid today’s society.
Structure of this essay was very similar to the Garcia et al paper, as it provided a topic sentence or introduction, and then used examples that are relevant to support that argument. It also addressed many similar points as Garcia et al, such as the idea that competition is apparent in every level of society.
It however changed the dynamic of how we interpret competition. Garcia et al aimed to use experiments and numerical strategies to better determine the origins of competition. However, Nelson is interpreting the historical value, such as, the connotations of words and the association we place behind them that shape the very nature of competition. This paper examines the presuppositions that come with competition, clarify the very concepts, and the validity. Validity is one of the interesting factors that distinguishes this paper from all the others, as it questions its own validity of the facts as it is displaying an understanding and an example from both sides. Although it has provided both sides to the argument, it concludes with a hopeful ending for education reform, as it has displayed examples that can be used as tools to re-establish an already functioning system separate of competition.
Competition is not necessary, you need collaboration for competition to work. Which I believe is a valid point because if you don’t see yourself in the same field, it’s not relevant, and holds no validity. Which are some of the core concepts we learned in class on how to obtain and maintain attention of an audience. This is an valuable argument to introduce as this article is printed by a university which has created more targeted examples to the target audience, the faculty and students of the university eco-system. It was interesting that they used Nietzsche as it describes people’s ability to attain, and the connection that is has with envy, which is an interesting root of competition, from historical theory observation. It can be observed, that the examples targeting each faculty; business, history, visual arts, literature and more. By providing successful examples of the kind of surrounding environment that can best produce a non-competitive rivalry, it allows creativity and curiosity to become separated from competition; the sole focus to win.
As my classmate mentioned in their own blog post https://wordpress.com/view/mschandorf.ca , the impacts of competition in art, I believe that if it resonated with both of us, that this brings great validity and credibility to the facts presented by Nelson. It makes me question the extent of “numbers” in competition mentioned in Garcia et al’s paper, because when it is more numbers with collaboration, more agreement is produced, an example of this is where if more people believe in an idea, it’s validity and agreeability are enhanced.
I found it most interesting how they used competition to examine art. Art is seen as beyond a price value, yet in society we place a numerical value, which undermines the very idea of art as being “priceless”. This is a main argument of the paper, which I believe has made it very relevant to today’s readers, because it has better explained how in our current society we are valuing people with a system that is not a proper representation of their efforts. Or the fear and anxiety of being a failure can lead to other harmful factors such as depression, fear of rejection and more. I think that this was also supported by the example of the learning of students in correlation with failure.
This paper introduced past teaching methods that excluded the used of competition; pass or fail, and no number scores. Many people can relate to this from personal experience. In addition, the paper highlights what circumstances where competition is helpful; curiosity-driven learning, or negative; manipulation, which is valuable in become conscious and aware. I believe that by discussing it and bringing this fact to the conscious mind it can better be dealt with and the system itself can adapt to the new social pressures.