Is competition necessary in the learning process?

  • Students work harder

    Education and competition are two universal ingredients of all human cultures, in fact, of almost all animal life. Humans have always considered education and competition important issues, both in the past and in the present. Of course, there have been fluctuations in emphasis and much has changed throughout the centuries.

    When you compete with an other student you have to work harder so all the students improves their knowledge so there is a progress in the group of students. If there were not competition only the best of the class will improve his knowledge.

  • It's a driving force

    Some people get all the motivation they need from other sources and that's fantastic. But when you have a rival, someone doing the same thing as you, at a similar level, it forces you to try to out do them, to excel beyond what they've accomplished. Once you've done that, they usually will try to outdo what you've just done to outdo them, that process forces people to not just do what is required of them, but to do the best they can do. Consider Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Both of those technological genius' tried to do pretty much the same thing, but their competition brought products better than either one of them would have provided having no competition. If that doesn't work, then imagine a sports team that is far superior to all the other teams in it's league. They would not train as hard as a team that has a rival that is similar in talent, and due to that eventually another team would catch up to them by hard work, motivation, and competition.

  • Yes it is good

    Yes it is Competition is healthy. It helps student strive for better. It creates a feeling of excitement. Moreover it leads to success. Winning is not everything. Even if you lose, even then you have learnt something. You learn from your failure. Without competition students would be lazy and they would become incompetent.
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  • Life is Competition

    All resources are scarce, save (perhaps) for the air we breathe -- though there are those who would say that even air is scarce. Competition teaches kids how to work for results. In life there are winners and losers, and both cases can become generational. In a free society, we are expected (and it is our responsibility) to provide for ourselves. Given that resources are scarce, and given that we are free to rise or fall on our own, it is imperative that kids learn how to compete. Lest they learn to be losers.

  • Competition is good and after all life is survival of the fittest

    Yes competition is good. Life is a competition in itself and it should be a life lesson and cultivated in kids from an young age balancing with the factors whats good as a part of competition and whats not. Like cheating to win a competition is bad and working hard and giving the best is good. Nothing is ever equal in life and why do you want equality in learning- equality in the sense teacher should care about all kids equally is correct but equality in the way that telling other kids its not a competition when the kids are doing their best because it is a comepetition afterall no matter you call it that way or not.
    To the people who blame that asians(chinese, japanese and Indians) take away the jobs in the USA- with our bursting population in our countries we have to compete to get the best jobs and we give/put that competition in our kids the same way. And thats why majority of us have been getting jobs in USA more than compared to your fellow americans. Before you blame us come to our competitiveness level first and THEN talk about equality in schools in america.
    Before you jump to telling me why we came to USA- ask your Government why they are letting us come to your country? Because our answer is not an answer to your question but the government can best answer your concerns.
    My kids/kid have been doing good so far in 1st grade. They are among the top 4 in their class. Recently when doing some kind of test my kids told me that their teacher told them that it is not a competition, whereas in fact it is - tests have percentages, why do you have percentages when it is not a competition- discouraging the competitiveness when kids are competitive BY their teacher is bad very very bad- PISSED ME OFF.

  • Competition makes for better learning.

    I am currently in high school, and I know that competition is better. The students who are at the top of the class have earned and competed to get there. They deserve their high class rank. They should not be treated the same as people who have just gotten by in high school. The competition to be the best makes children better students because they try much harder in school. When a teacher posts the top students or test scores on the board and force the students into competition to be the best, they want to try harder. I've seen this first hand. Also, life is a competition. College is hard to get into and you need to compete to get there.

  • Competition makes kids work harder.

    Without competition kids are getting lazy and don't strive for best. The world is full of competition and that needs to be introduced to children at younger ages, and by middle school age at least. It will give them a sense where they stand and work hard towards their goals. It will benefit the kids for their future.

  • Winning

    Everybody is an individual, special, pathetic snowflake. Competition teaches you that there are other snowflakes out there who want the same thing that you do. Only the ones who put in the necessary effort achieve their goals. What happens when you completely forgo competition for just cooperation? You get a bunch of lazy pukes doing a half job and expecting somebody else to cover for them. Its only when you have the drive to compete that you can reach your true potential. It doesn't matter if you're fighting society, other people, or yourself; without the drive to win you're nothing but a loser.

  • YES

    Competition can let a person strive to master himself or herself and do things that they weren't able to do and reach higher standards due to competition. Also there will always be limited numbers of good colleges and jobs that are high paying thus there is a natural competition due to such incentives.

  • Competition is a powerful motivator

    Competition can let a person strive to master himself or herself and do things that they weren't able to do and reach higher standards due to competition. Also there will always be limited numbers of good colleges and jobs that are high paying thus there is a natural competition due to such incentives.

  • Competitive environment is not educational

    Competition leads to conflict, and conflict leads disunity. In a class TEAM work is required (Together Everyone Achieves More). Co-operation is the key. Smarter students should be commended BUT, weaker students should definitely be assisted, and NOT pressurized. If they come under to much pressure they will feel discouraged and will not perform at their level best.

  • No, it encourages elitism and destroys equality

    Competition is an unjust and elitist system which destroys equality and encourages Elitism. In this system which is becoming increasingly anti-worker, elitist and imperialist especially we must do whatever we can to struggle for equality and against elitism. The elite are always corrupt and competition is really unjust. All people must be equal. Generation Y is even having big trouble finding jobs because of competition and the large amount of pressure it puts on everyone. We certainly don't want a corrupt hierarchy of the corrupt elite in the future. If competition continues going where its going right now making many poor and losing jobs there probably will be a revolution, for example communism is even experiencing a revival among generation y because of the pressure from this exploitive system especially with competition. A more peaceful, fair, just and equal method should be used.

  • Compete is not learning

    When learning becomes about competing with your peers to get ahead, what gets learned is how to compete and not how to learn. To be the ‘top’ student or ‘gifted’ student, children learn how to compete with each other. Kids start coping homework and quizzes from others to get a higher grade, they start to chat and raise their hands even when they do not know the answer.

  • Not Everything Is A Competition

    Education is about trying to do your best in learning to understand the world around you. This isn't a sport like football where you battle head to head to be the best. The whole point of school should be about learning and not competition. Competition in school just causes most people to say I'm smarter than you and pretty much there is nothing you can do about it. It is discouraging and makes learning a lot less fun. Winning isn't everything.

  • Competition vs. Collaboration

    In the 21st century we need to rely more and more on working together not against each other, in order to promote collaboration we need to teach our students how to work together towards a common goal, as the results will be far greater from a common effort than that of an individual. Competition promotes the opposite, success at all cost and often at the cost of your classmates, so essentially it boils down to getting an one up on your classmates or figure something out and not share, just to get ahead. Not good for anyone involved. My vote is for collaboration, not competition

  • Competition is not necessary.

    It is not necessary as education is not something to develop proudness or enemity ,it is something related to development of good humans for the development of country and when we talk about motivation then our dreams and the desire to achieve it is much greater than any other thing

  • Has more negative than positive affects

    When a students competes against another student, it doesn't give the student a chance to individually grow. They are overshadowed by other students' interests and cannot find their true inner selves. If a student who wants to prove them self will end up failing, they will be worse off then before.

  • Detracts from the content and joy.

    Anyone with a low self-esteem will be damaged if they are asked to compete against others before they feel they have a sound understanding of what is required, particularly if they possess a strong desire to succeed. If they have a better self-esteem then they may only be angered or frustrated. The fact that competition can create a negative response is extremely dangerous as the student will likely associate this negative feeling with the content, not the teaching style. Assess students by all means, but don't crush their love for a subject by forcing them to compete before they are deemed competent.

  • Learning is not a competition.

    Not every student begins at the same level, and by grading students you are assuming they all have the same background and upbringing. Grading can be extremely discouraging if a student is not doing well. Students who struggle need to be more motivated than the students who are doing well. Schools are constantly giving praise to students who do well is there classes, and that exterior motive can be extremely toxic in a learning environment. The motivation for learning is simply learning itself! Not getting a good grade, it is the power of knowledge. Students do not go to school to obtain a job, they go to learn. All our educational institutions are making the same mistake by comparing school to the workforce. School is a place to learn, were it is okay to fail. Well actually failing is one of the key components to the creative process. In school getting a bad grade, or a wrong answer is always bad. That is the purpose of a test, to show you were you are wrong. In life you are given a test, then you learn a lesson. In school you learn a lesson, then are given a test.

  • What about them?

    What about the ones who lose, is it that they are losers for life just because they have lost just this once? Think about all sects of people. Not all of 'em are talented in everything. Competition brings comparison and comparison brings discouragement to the child who has failed. This is certainly not what education should focus to bring about.

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