I work as a consultant, trainer, and I've really begun to feel that social emotional learning and cooperation aren't taking seriously. I have begun to recommend that staff make a conscious effort to limit competitive games that aren't guided by an adult and to encourage cooperative games and activities during free time and playtime.
What are your thoughts?
Should we still be teaching children to compete against their peers? Is it useful?
I feel that competition among peers isn't helpful to society. I'm not saying force children onto a path, but at least give them different paths. Traditional games aren't so much about freedom, but lack of planning. You played this game, you don't want to learn any new ones, then you can't teach the children any new ones.
We have advanced how we teach math, science, and language, but play seems to be stuck in 1970, we either don't have it OR we view it as a break for adults. Children should be free to explore during their breaks, but it is our job in education to create environments that encourage cooperative interaction.