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Why we compete

June 26, 2012
The OBSERVER

Competition, is it good, bad or indifferent? I understand some educators attempt to eliminate any competition lest they damage the self esteem of their students. It seems to me that self esteem, based on nothing but groundless praise, would make for a pretty slippery slope, providing no traction in a situation where self confidence was necessary. Children may be easily fooled, but as one develops, and can think for themselves they are likely to disdain, or even resent what they recognize as false flattery.

 
 

 

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