When Rae Pica asked if I’d like to join her and Ellen Booth Church for a discussion about the balance between cooperation and competition in our early childhood environments, it didn’t take me long to reply that I’d LOVE to.
The question is a common one. Do young children needed more emphasis on cooperative skills (social skills, problem-solving, working together) or competitive skills (individual performance, “academics”, etc.)?
And with the impressive body of work, study, and experience Rae and Ellen brought to the table, it was a fascinating discussion to be a part of.
Catch the full interview here, on Bam!Radio’s Studentcentricity.
I also agree that social competency needs to be honed and developed first before the so called “competition” trait. Kids should be able to learn how to be socially suitable on their own pace and growth. Children who are in the first years of their lives do not need to have a competitive aspect in them. Instead, they should be guided to become emotionally stable, mentally aware of what they do, spiritually inclined to help guide their actions and socially equipped to interact with other children, adult and basically anyone he or she encounters.