Many school children and students today are taught to push themselves to try and be better than their classmates, rather than to work together for everyone’s benefit. Do the advantages of training youg people to be competitive out weigh the diasavantages.
Both competition and cooperation play a large role in the advancement of society, both in business and non-business areas. Competition forces people to improve their products or services hence benefits the recipients of these products or services. Co-operation helps in development of individuals and the society as a whole because it drastically increases the scale of these improvements. Thus, I believe that children should be taught to co-operate more than to compete.
Pushing children rigorously all the time is unfair, as we might kill their innocence and in extreme cases thrust them to the brink of something as drastic as suicide. However, this would not happen if children are taught to co-operate because with co-operation everyone will be treated equal and children will have chance to grow and learn at their own pace. Moreover, we must remember that our most of lives are spent in the company of others such as friends and family, hence due to our need for co-existence, it is desirable to have co-operation.
Conversely, competition is not to be despised because it forces us to do well and helps both children and adults. It propels us to discover new ideas, test new methods etc. For example, competition in any business such as Microsoft and Google would push them to produce new products and services which would benefit consumers. Likewise, in other areas such as sports, competition again is the key for betterment. Therefore, I think it is good idea if children, learn to compete because it would serve as precursor, showing them the way for future.
In conclusion, admittedly, competition cannot be wished away because at some point of time one competes with others, this being the necessity of modern day complex life, however my view is that co-operation is somewhat more effective in helping individuals and societies to develop, because it benefits not only individuals, but also society as a whole, therefore children should be encouraged more to co-operate than to compete with each other.