Is Academic Competition Good For Children?

Is Academic Competition Good For Children?

As someone who migrated to the US at the ripe old age of 21, but now settled in suburban Atlanta with kids of our own, I am often in disbelief at the “everyone must get a trophy” culture.   Excuse the pun, but I often wonder if we baby our children too much?

Not everyone will agree, but I am of the strong opinion that academic competition is a must and a good thing.  Competition is guaranteed to be fierce in every aspect of life – in sports, admission to good colleges, good jobs, promotions, and business among others.   In this global economy, competition is also at a global level.  Why then do we try to shield our children from competition?

Four key reasons why I endorse Academic Competition:

 

  • Healthy competition inspires children to do their best.   It provides them with independent feedback and guidance on areas for improvement.
  • It stretches a child to study and research material that they would otherwise not consider.  Pushing them outside their comfort zone forces them to do more than just the bare minimum.   
  • It helps a student overcome the fear of competition and promotes self-confidence.   They learn to perform at their best under time pressures.
  • They learn that they don’t have to be a genius with an IQ of 140 to succeed.  With hard work and persistence they can accomplish anything.

We owe it to our children to expose them to Healthy Competition and raise Competitive winners.  

How do you feel about Academic Competitions?  Let us know by sharing your thoughts in the comments below.

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