[caption id="attachment_27832" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Zeller advocates mastery of educational concepts before students are encouraged to compete in the classroom. "]Zeller advocates mastery of educational concepts before students are encouraged to compete in the classroom.

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(Editor's note: Brent Zeller is the author of the provocative book Evolutionary Education: Moving Beyond Our Competitive Compulsion. Here, he explains why he believes competition is detrimental to learning. Comments are welcome at the bottom of the page.)


In 1988, after 20 years of learning and playing tennis, and 14 years of teaching it to thousands of students, I...

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