Many students are taught to push themselves to try and be better than other students, rather than work together for everyone’s benefits. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
Many teachers view students’ being superior over other peers as a guarantee for their personal and future career development, so many students are taught how to outperform others instead of working together for common progress. I think the drawbacks of this development are more obvious.
We will not deny through competition, students tend to become more advantageous. When students strive hard to be the level A ones, they would be highly praised by teachers and parents. So they are likely to be motivated to obtain higher academic goals, which lays a foundation for students’ future life development after leaving school.
However, this move easily drive students being self-oriented and merciless。 If students are used to being the best, they are afraid of losing the glorious achievements they have made。 In order to maintain the best records, they tend to act boldly without considering others’ feelings for making further breakthroughs in their later adulthood。 Eventually, they may become cruel and manipulative, which is not what education aims at.
Also, students may fail to recognize the importance of being cooperative。 Many of the tasks assigned by their bosses in the future are complicated, they are less likely to achieve favorable results without cooperation with other peers。 Being incapable of leading a group or accepting others’ opinions, one would turn a blind eye to their weaknesses。 This might contribute to failures in achieving their lifelong goals。
Briefly, students can definitely gain something valuable like self-fulfillment when trying to push themselves to surpass others。 But in the long run, I still think learning how to work together is a better way to foster the personalities of students as the world where we live today put value in win-win results rather than a zero-sum game。
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