In a Victorian first, Preshil school is set to phase out the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and replace it with the International Baccalaureate. Principal Marilyn Smith explained that the decision to scrap the VCE was due to “it’s narrow focus on competition” and a need for learning that didn’t revolve around “just learning conventional facts”.
The decision follows in the steps of a growing progressive Left trend to erase competition from all walks of life and create a magical utopia where everyone is a success story simply because they exist. This ideology also manifests itself in some junior sports where scores are no longer kept, or in the most utterly insane cases, where teams that lose by more than 5 goals are declared the winner!
It’s nice to think that, after millennia of striving for a better life, free of war, poverty, hard labour and disease, we can simply down our tools and finally bask in the warm and fuzzy glow of life. A life where we can all just stop competing, be nice to one another, and where nobody ever has to feel sad or disappointed ever again. Oh, and we can stop worrying about learning those pesky “conventional facts”.
Back in the real world, however, we see that it is in fact a desire for a better life that motivates us to compete and constantly better our past efforts. Nowhere is this more evident than in the continual growth of free and competitive markets around the world, lifting people out of poverty on an unprecedented scale. Rather than holding us back from from a better life, competition is delivering us to it.