The same zero-sum mentality lies behind the refusal to accept that standards of education are improving; every year, we and other nations have a conversation about whether improving results in major exams are a sign that tests are getting easier. Few are the voices celebrating the possibility that our teachers and headteachers are getting even better at their jobs. It’s as if it doesn’t occur to anyone that, when it comes to education, everyone can get better at once.
It’s not hard to see where the corrosive zero-sum mindset comes from. Education has become a political punching bag on the national and international stage. As a result, it has absorbed the language and ethos of adversarial politics. Your competitors’ losses are your gains; their failures are your successes. But education is not like politics, and it should not frame its discourse in the same way. Education is not a zero-sum game.
There are plenty of win-win opportunities for improving education, and its outcomes.
In more philosophical context, we have read about “Life being Zero Sun games”. In that scenario, we are talking about wins and losses, if one wins, then someday else is losing.If You win back from another party, and the you lose the same amount to the first party? for you it is zero sum game.
However, when age, you look at this small transaction and abstract it to a higher level of we live our lives when you are together. There are happiness moments, moments making you rich, moments making you lose Money. Moments where you lose loved ones, and realising it will come to you One day. That it “Life is a zero sum game for you.
You bring into the world nothing, when you are born. The is nothing that you get to take when you are dead and gone. This qualifies for the famous line “Life is a Zero Sum Game. The two sides of the equation is balanced.
Let us reiterate and focus, work hard to make learning and Education “NOT a zero sum game.