Opinion: When teachers and schools compete, students lose

Get Schooled

A former business owner turned teacher examines the assumption underpinning much of the current reform movement — competition is a healthy force that will drive improvement in teaching and learning.

This piece is by Chuck Bennett, a teacher at Chestatee Academy in Hall County.

By Chuck Bennett

downeyart1007I owned and operated a business for 16 years  and have been a teacher and coach for the last 13. I’m a believer in market economics and the idea that competition makes for better performance. But my experience as teacher and just plain common sense have proven to me that a competitive business model is not the best solution for every situation.

It is certainly not the best model for education.

If I own shares in Pepsi, then I am pleased whenever Coke stumbles. Their failure is my gain. A competitive model encourages Pepsi to increase market share at the expense of Coke. The…

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