Competition And Collaboration

I think we see competition as the end game. We work together to prepare ourselves, as individuals, to meet some personal test, examination or match. Our classrooms mirror that at least.

I am beginning to suspect that we have that backwards, that collaboration is the end game and the point of competition is to prepare us for it: I seek out (friendly) competition in order to make me stronger, not for strength’s sake, but to make my contribution to society greater.

Implications:

  • My opponent’s job is not to do better than me, but to make me do better than I did before.
  • My teacher is one of my opponents.
  • I am one of my opponents.
  • My final exam is not a measure of how good I am but of how good I have made others.
  • What we currently think of as final exams are now penultimate exams.

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