A quick note on…

A quick note on the problem students resisting group work being such a common complaint. The incentives in school (important ones that follow you outside school) are based almost exclusively on personal performance coded into grades. How can we expect students to perform virtually against their interests by cooperating in a project that may punish them academically? Cooperative behaviour is a skill that may not be appreciated until later in life anyway. It’s not something self-centered children will develop as long as we emphasize closed individuality as the normal way to navigate life.

I’ve also heard it mentioned that some kids equate sharing of resources and assignment details as cheating. Where else are they told learning from each other is as valuable as learning from the resident authority at the head of the room?

So we build a system set to break their natural allegiance to each other by substitution of authority. Incentevise an abstract reward system to replace the faith they hold in their own value as humans by imposing a recognised-by-the-rest-of-us arbitrary sorting system they had no voice to create of change. Then slag them for behaving in a selfish manner in a group project. Confusing way to create new citizens in a democracy.

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