Some people say that children should be encouraged with a competitive feeling right from a tender age, and others say that children must be taught cooperation rather than competitiveness in primary school and high school. In your opinion, what should be the right approach?

Young people are the hope and strength of every society who will one day run the nation with their intelligence and skills.
Therefore
, some people firmly believe that inculcating the feeling of competitiveness will pave the way for a better future.
However
, others are inclined towards imbibing in them the
values
of
cooperation
. Garnering the thoughts of C.S Lewis, “Education without
values
, as useful as it is, rather makes a man a more clever devil,” I too believe in the power of
cooperation
. Here I will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both
values
. Competitive
values
cannot be ignored in
children
, for they instil the zeal to excel in school as well as for their university degrees. It is the desire to surpass others that drives a child
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the best academic performance. The competitive nature of school where students are awarded for their best among the rest of their performance accelerates their hard work in the right direction. Winning in any activity not just fosters a sense of
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but
also
leads to fulfilment and self-achievement.
Moreover
, competitive
values
infuse self-independence and self-confidence in pupils, which brings them laurels in academics, sports, cultural activities, and professionally.
This
stands true when
children
grow to become a vital part of a country’s growth. The qualities of governing, balancing work, and pushing the envelope harder to reach goals enable them to contribute to nation-building. While competitive
values
provide
children
with the zest to become the best in their profession, it is needless to say that without the
values
of
cooperation
, their skills will not stand effective. Man is a social animal and the inherent need to stay connected with other people is what gives him a purpose in life.
This
is where
cooperation
offers
children
the art of teamwork, tolerance, patience and co-existence. Competitiveness without
cooperation
will eventually result in rivalry amongst peers that proves good for nobody. In recent years,
this
has been evident
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sports, where teamwork is considered to be the most vital element. Even the President of a nation needs his/her cabinet ministry for support at every level. While a place where none gets along with each other is doomed for failure, no matter the skills and knowledge. To conclude, after gauging both competitive and cooperative
values
, I strongly feel that both
values
carry their advantages and must be taught in conjunction to garner
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benefits for
children
.
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