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Another perspective on competition

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm

When is competition beneficial for people, and why is the stress associated with high-stakes testing not the same as good competition?

You should check out this NYT Magazine article, it’s a bit long but worth at least a good skim. Here are some simplified highlights that most of us know intuitively, but perhaps haven’t seen altogether in one text:

– Stress is experienced differently by different people

– Some kids (people) do not get stressed in testing situations

– Some kids (people) get stressed to the point of paralysis in testing situations

– Because of this difference, some kids (people) are perceived as “more capable” in testing situations (where it “matters” in school) and some are perceived as “more capable” in non-testing situations (where, in this context of high-stakes testing as THE measure of worth, doesn’t “matter”)

– Short-term stress in performance situations when a person is highly motivated by the activity (swim meet, chess game, public performance, etc.) can produce positive performance adrenaline

– High-stakes testing is not in the same “category” as the competitive situations where short-term stress can be beneficial


Slowing Down. Another plea for a different kind of education.

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Yet another reason to ask ourselves what “slow schooling” might look like, sound like, and feel like…

Another reason to compare the damaging pace of educational “standards” “accountability” “evaluations” and “intervention” to the damaging effects that speed in food (fast food, packaged food, etc.) has on our bodies, minds, environment, and culture…

Another reason to STAND UP TALL and demand that children and youth not be processed through the speed-schooling machine that we have created without regard to the inevitable negative life-long effects.


Thanks to LS for passing on this video!

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