When I was young, my mum will call out any kid within sight to compare against my height when we have dinner with friends or relatives. Then she'd proceed to compare schools, grades, spoken English ability, etc. By the time she has run through all the parameters, dinner would just about finish. Then its rinse and repeat for every other group dinners that come our way.
I dread them because these dinner sessions are incredibly demoralizing and grew to hate any kind of comparison. And I am going to make an argument against this for the sake of my students (and their parents).
Without a doubt, there's going to be someone taller than us, more dashing or beautiful than us, more muscular or slim than us, richer than us, more intelligent than us…
In social media: Of course there are people with more followers, more likes and more of just about anything we'd like to measure.
So what? What is the comparison for? Is it our job to be the most at a thing?
Just because a thing can be noticed, or compared, or fretted over doesn't mean it's important, or even relevant. Better, I think, to decide what's important, what needs to change, what's worth accomplishing. And then ignore all comparisons that don't relate. The most important comparison, in fact, is comparing our work to the best of what we're capable of.
I believe all my students will score that elusive A for my subject. But in the process, I want my students to achieve mastery, develop the artistic flair in their answers and elevate their mental constitution to the next level as well as to be surprised at what their maximum potential can be.
Scoring A just so that my students can be compared to another student, this is not what I set out to do as an educator.