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March 17, 2007



I agree. Unfortunately, I see a lot of parents using competition or winning prizes of some kind as a good way to motivate their kids to do all kinds of things. I suspect homeschoolers are not immune to this tendency. Thank you, therefore, for bringing the negative aspects to our attention so that we can be more vigilant.

Brenda Marie

I agree with you about there being enough competition in life without there being competition when it comes to learning. This is one of the reasons I homeschool and it's also one of the reasons why I'm so against standardized testing.


Thanks for your comments. I'm trying to be balanced about competition -- I can be very reactionary and view anything that involves competition or rewards as undesirable and I'm trying to recognize where those aspects are necessary, natural, and/or benign.

Pass the Torch

There is so much truth to what you say. My son is very competetive (like his Dad), but I think he'll handle the "losses" well. My daughter chooses not to be competetive (like me), because I don't know that we handle the losses as well. There are such better ways of learning.

We started our homeschool experiment last October, and are currently making huge decisions about our path next year.

I've met such wonderful homeschoolers in the blogosphere!

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