Dr. Benzion Sorotzkin, Psy. D.

The Unintended Consequences Of Competition And Rewards In Educational Settings

Jun 28, 2020 | Articles, Chinuch

Part 1

The proliferation of contests and the intensification of competition

In recent years, the level of competitiveness and the use of contests and rewards to induce this competitiveness in our schools have increased dramatically. Every self-respecting school promotes a host of contests and competitive programs (e.g. middos contest, mishnayos baal peh) often highlighting the thrill of being the best and the great prizes one can win more than the value of the task itself. While the benefits of these programs are fairly obvious, there are often unintended negative consequences that some people may be unaware of.

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