I grew up in a school that was extremely competitive, to the point where the teachers encouraged us to compete against one another especially in Year 12. The teacher would explain to us that we would all be ranked and also as a school we would be ranked against other schools. The pressure was immense and now with the NAPLAN tests, I can only assume it is even more so.
It wasn’t a very friendly atmosphere towards those final years. I knew a girl that would borrow all the French books from the library so that other students couldn’t borrow them thus putting them at a disadvantage so that she could go up the rankings.
It was at this point I questioned her and asked, “wouldn’t it be better if we shared resources and helped each other get a better mark thus getting the overall school mark to be better and therefore everyone would win regardless of how they ranked?” She didn’t seem to agree, but it was then where I started to think that teamwork is far better than trying to do it solo.