Competition and K-12 Public Education: Introduction – what competition is and what it is not

This is the first blog in a series of blogs titled Competition and K-12 Public Education. The goal of the series is to look at competition and state what it is, what it isn’t, and what it can and cannot do for K-12 Public Education.

Competition: What it is

Competition is a striving, a striving for some thing or things, and that striving takes place in a world of limited resources.

All systems compete.

K-12 Public Education (Education) is not exempt from competition.

At present, Education competes at the state and federal budget levels with a myriad of causes. For example, more money, or even any money at all, for transportation means there is less money available for Education.

Competition: What it is not (I)

Competition is not a guarantor of perfection.

There are many examples of imperfections within systems that compete. One recent and ongoing example is GM. Here are headlines from CBS News:

GM CEO apologizes amidst new recalls: “Terrible things happened”;
GM recall came years after defect was discovered;
Government was aware of GM problem in 2005, documents show; and
GM announces giant recall

 Competition: What it is not (II)

Competition is not a guarantor of success.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reports*, “About half of all new establishments survive five years or more and about one-third survive 10 years or more.”

Summary

Competition is a striving, a striving for some thing or things in world of limited resources, and Education is not exempt from competition.

The world we live in is not perfect and competition, as a part of this world, cannot guarantee success much less perfection.

Conclusion

The focus of the remaining blogs in this series is the predictable outcomes, both positive and not so positive, of Competition and K-12 Public Education.  

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*SBA.gov FAQ

Please note that the author is a staunch believer in a free, price-coordinated market.

 

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