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chylujo
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Brody11
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competitions are better than mass participation in nurturing youths?

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Started: 10/16/2016 Category: Education
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chylujo

Pro

Competition is better than mass participation in nurturing youths as youths learn values that may not be learnt in mass participation. Mass participation only encourage youths to take part in a certain activity and it is mostly for leisure purposes. However, when a youth take part in competition, he or she will be motivated and encouraged to strive for their best. This allows them to know themselves, allowing them to understand their strengths and weaknesses. From there, youths can maximize their own potential and become a better person. for example, when a youth participate in playing badminton, he or she may not see the importance of striving for the best. However, when he or she is playing at a competitive level, he or she might understand the importance of giving out his or her best, trying to win the competition against the other opponents. Therefore, competitions enable youths to know and understand themselves better and understand the importance of giving their best in everything they do.
Brody11

Con

Competition is to self-esteem as sugar is to teeth.
- Alfie Kohn

Competition is not always a bad thing, it can very well do some good for everyone. But competition can also be a recipe for hostility and a load of other negative effects, and I would not say it is better than mass participation.

Not everyone can win competitive events if one child wins another will not and that can cause self-doubt. That means each child sees the winning child as an obstacle to his or her own success. Even winning doesn't build character it just allows a child to gloat temporarily. You gave an example of competition and participation and you said.

"when a youth participate in playing badminton, he or she may not see the importance of striving for the best. However, when he or she is playing at a competitive level, he or she might understand the importance of giving out his or her best, trying to win the competition against the other opponents."

While it is true that kids can understand the concept of trying your best from competitive events it can have overwhelming effects. Children succeed in spite of competition, not because of it, this is not to say that children shouldn"t learn discipline and tenacity, that they shouldn"t be encouraged to succeed or even have a nodding acquaintance with failure. But none of these requires winning and losing. I once knew a kid who played on my hockey team, and before every game, he would throw up because he was so nervous to lose, and that is one example of the possible negative effects competition can have on children.

When children participate and cooperate rather than compete, children feel better about themselves. They work with others instead of against them, and their self-esteem doesn"t depend on winning.

It"s remarkable when you stop to think about it, that the way we teach our kids to have a good time is to play highly structured games in which one individual or team must defeat another. I am glad to be debating you and I am excited for your response. :D

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