Lourens van Niekerk shares with us his inspiring story of his mathematics journey. He shares with us his initial interest in mathematics that started in grade 4, and how this interest sparked a competitive streak in him. He challenges readers to commit themselves to one goal for several years.
Hanelie and Danél Adendorff reflect on the competitive nature of learning and suggest that students shy away from collaboration because they are unsure of how to interact in groups when learning.
Jonathan Shock writes about a different, but very important competition taking place in society today – the competition for the mental space to think about deep things and not to be distracted by the noise of modern life.
Professor Geo Quinot is clear that academic institutions should increase collaboration in teaching and learning in order to tackle complex social problems.