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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?
Trying best to excel other students or learning to work together with others?
There is always some argument around this question. I think both have their
advantages and disadvantages.
Needless to say, becoming better than others often gives students strong
motivations to study hard so that they can become better and better themselves.
For instance, if a student is good at maths but not so good at chemistry, he
will try his utmost to catch up with chemistry, then he will become excellent at
both maths and chemistry. However, while pursuing excellence is a good thing, it
may also be harmful to the development of students. Often, in order to win over
others, many students may choose not to help their peer classmates.
Consequently, those best students are often the most isolated ones. Without
enough communication with other students, these top students do not know how to
get along with people around them and so when they go into job market where more
cooperation is needed, they are often at a loss what to do.
Working with others for mutual benefits is an important quality for students
to possess, especially when they are dealing with some complicated problems.
Just like in a basketball game, the team whose members are not the best
individually but know how to work together often defeats the team which has the
best players but they just play for themselves. This said, we cannot deny that
overemphasizing the importance of cooperation can also bring about negative
consequences. On a cooperative team, each member only has to do his part of the
work without having to learn anything else. This is, of course, very bad for
students because at their age, they need to gain a more comprehensive picture of
In my opinion, the desire to become the best and the ability to work with
others are both important for students. The motivation to be the top pushes them
to learn more and more in school and the skills of working with others prepares
them for their future work. Therefore, all schools across the country should
encourage their students to compete with their peers and at the same time let
them know how to work with others for the benefits of all memebers.