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Schools vary greatly in their competitive natures Sixty-three percent of the students from John Hopkins University School of Medicine for example feel their classmates are extremely competitive and most say they study very hard On the opposite end Yale University School of Medicine has a unique evaluation system in which there are no grades This system produces an extremely non-competitive atmosphere It is up to us to decide whether competition is healthy or unhealthy However there is a difference between trying to do our best and trying to do better than everyone else Theres nothing wrong with setting high goals and working to achieve them but strong competitive feelings often produce unnecessary stress and anxiety which can get in the way of success Even worse competition can also cause death or even create serious problems in our society Competitive games are detrimental to childrens learning A warm friendly relaxed and safe environment is the best environment to encourage children to acquire language Yes competitive games can motivate able children but they also discourage those with less ability In the classrooms children are eager to play games but once a child feels there is no chance of winning he or she switches off If the child begins to mess around with the game equipment card dice etc or use it in a laborious or exaggerated fashion then that is indication that the child is not focused on the activity And if the child is not focused then the value of the activity is nil However the desire to win games can also make children much more interested in learning In the worst cases victory in games can become a horrible one-upmanship English is not enjoyed for its own sake but becomes a means to put down others In his essay Stop Trying to Beat Your Competitors Oren Harari says Attitude implies that the competition is leading the market and that the only possible solution is to
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