Competition Tool For Imparting Education
Education and competition are the two inseparable parts of human culture. Like all other animals, human beings are also competitive by nature. It’s a natural instinct of most animals and thus do have a significance. This competition is usually seen in animals for survival, for territory or for finding a mate. The way they prepare themselves for this competition is in broad sense education that involves both knowledge and skills. Animal world has a distinction of developing its culture by imparting education to its new generation. Ability to learn is inherited but education needs to be imparted and taken.
A tigress will educate her cubs. First she develops in them the knowledge, of the need to hunt then, the type of animals they can hunt and finally develops in them, the relevant skills that will enable them to hunt. Before actually putting them to test, she makes sure that cubs play small games amongst siblings, compete playfully with each other. Here competition is put to educational use. Once they display the sign of possessing knowledge and skill for the same, they are put to the actual test. Here again they keep on improving in terms of knowledge gained and skills developed. With every chase and every hunt they become better. Failure to do so cost their lives.
No two chases are the same and no two hunts leave them with similar experience. Some chases are easier while others may prove strenuous and tricky. So though, both lead to a successful hunt, may not leave them feeling the same way. But neither of them have any less importance.
In short, competition basically is a tool by which education that is relevant to the prevailing time may be imparted effectively. They may be used to motivate, modify and enrich the knowledge base of the learner, thereby shaping its culture. With changing times, competition changes, approach to situation changes but what remains same is the fact that competition remains an integral and necessary way of educating a generation thereby transmitting a culture from one generation to another.
At times parents put in a query as to where do my ward stand in the class with respect to academics, sports or art. They also keep on asking for the grades even in the behavioral or attitudinal part of assessment. This all zero in to one important animal or human nature- Our competitive streak.
I s this competitive streak a positive trait in kids or is the reason behind corruption of basic innocent nature of young students! Really something that is debatable.
So what if we remove the competition and let everyone have a fair play? Let them just enjoy what they do without wearing them down worrying about competition.
Just to understand both situations let me take you down to your memory lane with friends around. A very simple act of having a guava- Experience this simple act in three different situations.
Your gang of friends decides to steal a piece of guava from your classmate’s bag when he/she is not around…What is the feel??…. Excited…. Apprehensive…… adventurous…….Taste of this stolen Guava……… Heavenly.
You buy this guava with your pocket money and share it with your friends… each one fighting to get the bigger piece ….. You grab and hurriedly chew and swallow the piece………. Feelings….. Extraordinary….. Hilarious….. Memorable……. Adventurous….. Fun. And Taste???? Without actually having tasted it (rush no time to taste)……Heavenly
Now see yourself as an adult… Going to market … buying guava, coming back home, washing it, cutting it, placing it decently on a neat plate and having it. ….Feel…… Alright… Is it memorable???....... Nope! Taste………Hmmm…….!!!!!!!!
This is what makes competition valuable. Every experience brings to light some aspect of the situation/ nature/character/fact in altogether a different form and brings in a change in attitude or perspective. This is education. Change in attitude, perspective or skill. Each time one learns from the experience and this learning not only stays for long but fills ones heart with a sense of achievement, self-worth and contentment, at times motivates one to do better. Role of competition could thus actually be more positive and productive in imparting education than otherwise.