It is common that we are living in a world filled with sever competition in both businesses and individuals, even in those who study at schools. Personally, I think the merits do not necessarily outweigh the demerits.
There are two benefits of developing students’ habit of competing with each other. Firstly, establishing a competitive environment is able to enormously motivate students of all levels to keep learning and working hard in order to keep up with peers and achieve more goals. In other words, this prevents ordinary students from giving up on themselves and makes them realize that being competitive is a quality that is capable of building up their perseverance. Furthermore, it is undeniable that competitive awareness can cultivate students to improve their problem-solving skills through coping with continuous challenges alone. Specifically, they are more likely to make great attempts to figure out problems in more effective ways rather than wait for others to find solutions.
When it comes to drawbacks, we cannot ignore the fact that cooperation plays an extremely imperative role in students’ whole life. Those who do not know how to cooperate may find it difficult to adapt to working environment in the future, for one-man team is less appreciated in a large number of firms. Another perceived disadvantage is that enormous competition has the possibility for students to accumulate more pressure, especially for those who are not good at dealing with stress, contributing to insomnia or other health issues. Therefore, it can negatively affect their learning attitudes.
In conclusion, although encouraging students to be competitive is beneficial for their academic studies and surrounding adaptability, it could become demerits when teachers only emphasize on teaching competition and ignore the impact of cooperation.