It’s fun to keep score while playing a game. Not to pick winners or losers, but because keeping score is more fun for everybody that way – even those on the losing side.
What if marks and grades in our examinations worked the same way? What if they served as a means to make learning more fun rather than as a sorting mechanism? What if a company’s financial goals – its quarterly and annual targets- made it more fun to run the company rather than to serve as reward or punishment?
Well, if they don’t serve that end, is it still worth keeping them?
Keeping score is the work needed to ensure that our games are fun. But why have we neglected the play needed to make our schools and workplaces fun?