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Lesson Plans

Re: Back to School

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Fri, 9 Aug 1996 13:36:24 -0400

San D
The question isn't whether competition is good or not or whether making
judments is a good or a bad thing. Certainly, we make judgments (hopefully
informed) all the time. You are absolutely correct in pointing out that it
depends on context. At certain times competition can be a powerful tool in
learning and, again, as you pointed out, children invent competitions
constantly on their own.

However, schools never seem to run out of opportunities to spread children
out, find winners and losers, firsts and lasts. And for what purpose? I think
a "juried art show" for middle school art students has lots of problems.

Exactly how precious does the art become when there is the knowledge that at
some point it may be included or excluded from a show? How willing will these
young boys and girls be to take risks in their work? Why, at this point in a
child's development, do we need to compare the work of one to another on the
bases that one is better or worse? What educational purpose does this serve?
Debbie is right to have her reservations? I have them to.

Chicago IL