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Should the concept of competition be eliminated from schools?

Recently I've learned about Finland's educational system. Eliminating the sense of competition between students. No standardized test until they reach the age of 16. The least number of school hours in the world and the best resutls in the standardized tests.
I, as a student myself, I'd see it as a solution to self-esteem issues when it comes to grades and trust in abilities. I get As but I've been wondering how well other students would do if there was no pressure about tests and gradual, self-understanding would do help them achieve what we deserve as a result from education.

Please give your opinion in terms of school experience, and if you're from Finland (or studied there in that system) please don't doubt in sharing.

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    Mar 29 2013: I question the conclusion that there is a correlation between no competition and better schools.

    Should everyone get a trophy for participating? Obama got a Nobel prize after being office 2 weeks. This is the other end of the spectrum to competition which gives people "self esteem" with no merit. The reality is that does not prepare people for the work a day world, in fact it prepares them to fail.

    I would LOOK a lot harder at why the Finish schools are successful before coming to any conclusions, what you are saying does not add up.
    • Mar 29 2013: I agree Pat.......we love to simply scratch the surface when it comes to enquiry....our Ego's are very easily satisfied with simple claims and conclusions.

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