The Finnish think that education should focus towards teamwork and lets its students learn through working with other people. There is no emphasis towards competition, instead, the priority is put towards educating the children to have the sufficient knowledge and abilities. With that, ‘competition’ will follow naturally.
In the eyes of the norm, ‘winning’ is the only way to show that one has the ability to compete. In truth, what the education system did not teach is that when you are placed at the 20th, you are behind 19, but in front of another 20. It is not the right concept. Not only are the children unable to reflect on how much they have learned, they are not taught the correct competitive mindset.
Only when you compete with yourself, will you be able to truly unleash the passion to learn. Imagine a child being taught to compare themselves with others since young. What if one day they ‘lose’ and with that, lose their courage? What if they are so used to ‘winning’ that they no longer care? When that time comes, the passion to learn will be extinguished.
However, with the right concept, they will know that there is an abundant of space to learn, no matter how much they’ve grown up. These are the children that are competitive! These are the children full of fighting spirit! These are the children full of endless capabilities!
[Written by] Elyssa Ch’ng [Translated by] W. E. Wee