The most valuable thing of any society is healthy competition. Therefore encouraging it in children is a good way not only of instilling it but also learning to balance it and commit to it with a healthy outlook. This can range only from sports but in other activities also for example in academics and so on. The will to achieve would thus allow children to improve their skills in a particular area or in a range of areas. The ability to improve skills through competitive means is a skill that would remain throughout a career and would intensely useful in being able harness new skills in the workplace. This would enable a large degree of flexibility being able to do a range of tasks in one job or being able to do many jobs and would be a good point for promotion and better achievement. Returning to the original point then these skills are best learned at school while young so that competitiveness approached in the correct way can be built upon through the rest of a person’s life.
This shows that competitiveness is helpful and can be a great asset there can however be downsides. A child can for example be left to feel left out or useless if they fail and it can also encourage aggressiveness and unfriendly atmosphere. While this may be true it can be stopped as long as competition is approached in the correct way. For example teachers can ensure that children aren’t left out or help the child find a particular skill/activity that they’re good at. It would be useful to encourage children to take the right attitude to failing, thus encouraging them to work hard at something to find a vocation and to become good at it, whatever it may be that they like. From this many more young people can find fulfilment by striving through competitive means to find something or to become good at something.
It can also teach great social skills and how to deal with real life situations as well as practicalities. For example, a child could in a competitive environment learn to become immune to feeling left out if they fail, developing a sense of humour perhaps and fitting in precisely because they failed. They could also learn to deal with success and the pressures that come along with that, from dealing with stress to organising workload again all beneficial in working life. Competition in schools is useful because it not only sets up a healthy working environment and lively place where children can relate it also allows for improvement.