We’ve all heard of the beauty contests & spelling bees for kids but did you know there is such a thing called Australia’s Brainiest Student?

Fourteen-year-old, Uma Jha, from Perth’s Shenton College outsmarted more than 4000 national competitors to win the 2010 Australian Brain Bee Challenge in Sydney yesterday. Uma competed against other state winners in the national final of the competition, which included a brain-teasing anatomy exam, doctor-patient diagnosis and a neuroscience quiz.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? WOW!

Competition is such an important part of the Australian Culture. But how do parents ensure a healthy competitive nature is enforced in your children?

In grade 7, our teacher would give us a math’s test and then stand us up to show everyone what mark we got out of 10. For example he would count from 1 to 10 and whatever mark you got, you would sit down when he hit that number. Can you imagine my embarrassment each week when I rarely got over 5? I am confident enough in my ability now to say that Math’s is not my strong suit, but making us compete against each other did make me feel like a failure and forever more I have a negative association with my Math’s ability.

So how can you make competition fun without deterring children away and making them feel like losers?

“Everyone’s a winner baby that’s the truth”


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