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ielts essay: Should students be taught to compete or to cooperate?


wudan 1 / 2  
Jun 9, 2009   #1
I am preparing for my ielts test these days and I am quite worried about my writing since I have already failed on writing last time. I need your help and really appreciate your suggestions and comments. thanks!

Topic:Some people think that children should be taught to compete, but others think that children should be taught to co-operate that become more useful adults. What do you think?

It is always said that competition can effectively promote the development of economy. In order to survive in the competition, companies continue to improve their products and service, and as a result, the whole society prospers. However, when we discuss the issue of competition or cooperation, what we are concerned about is not the whole society, but the development of an individual's whole life. From this point of view, I firmly believe that we should attach more importance to cooperation during primary education.

First of all, through cooperation, children can learn about interpersonal skills which are significant in the future life of all students. What we acquired from team work is not only how to achieve the same goal with others but more importantly, how to get along with others. During the process of cooperation, children can learn about how to listen to opinions of others, how to communicate with others, how to think comprehensively, and even how to compromise with other team members when conflicts occurred. All of these skills help them to get on well with other people and will benefit them for the whole life.

On the other hand, the significance of competition is that how to become more excellence to gain the victory. Hence it is always said that competition makes the society more effective. However, when we consider about the question that how to win the game, we always find that we need the cooperation. The greater our goal is, the more competition we need. Take Olympic games which is a form of competition for instance, it is hard to imagine how an athlete could win the game without the training of his or her coach, and the help of other professional staffs such as the people who take care of his diet, and those who are in charge of the medical care. The winner is the athlete but the success belongs to the whole team. Therefore without the cooperation, there would be no victory of competition.

Consequently, no matter from the view of individual development or the relationship between competition and cooperation we can receive the same conclusion that a more cooperative attitudes towards life is more profitable in one's success.

EF_Simone 2 / 1,986  
Jun 9, 2009   #2
This is quite good. I have just a few suggested corrections:

In order to survive in the competition, companies continue to improve their products and services.andA s a result, the whole society prospers.

On the other hand, the significance of competition is that it motivates people to pursue excellence in order to gain the victory.

Therefore, without the cooperation, there would be no victory in competition.

I like that way of looking at it, by the way!
EF_Sean 6 / 3,491  
Jun 9, 2009   #3
"On the other hand, the significance of competition is that how to become more excellence to gain the victory" I'm not quite sure what you are trying to say here, but I suspect you mean "Competition hones our skills."

"The greater our goal is, the more competition we need. " I think you mean "cooperation" rather than "competition."

Your overall argument is fairly good. Game theory states that the best strategy in any open-ended non-zero sum game is reciprocity with a modicum of forgiveness, which sort of favors your view.
OP wudan 1 / 2  
Jun 10, 2009   #4
It seems that I made some stupid mistakes. I will pay more attention next time.

Thanks a lot! Your comments give me more confidence.
EF_Simone 2 / 1,986  
Jun 10, 2009   #5
Don't call your mistakes "stupid." Making mistakes is how we learn. I'm glad you are feeling more confident.


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