WRITING TASK 2: You should expend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Some people think competitive sports are important for a child’s education. Others think it has negative effects on children.
Discuss these views and give your own opinion.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from on your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Competitive sports are getting more exposure these days. However, there are also backslashes and complaints that are aimed towards competitive sports. This essay will show how the lessons one learns when playing competitive sports can be beneficial or detrimental to an individual, a group and the society.
Competitive sports, when not presented and explained clearly to the developing minds of children, can cause negative effects. For instance, if the main goal when playing is always “victory no matter the price”, the effects could be harmful. Instead of developing sportsmanship as well as belief in one’s self, a young athlete would push himself to the limit until he or she wins. In addition, too much pressure may not be good for the development of children. Lastly, the most extreme form of competitive sport is probably the war games played by nations long ago like competing to obtain the most number of colonies around the world. If we develop the sense of always emerging victorious in our children, this scenario would not be totally impossible in the future.
On the brighter side, competitive sports can foster team spirit, discipline, and sportsmanship. When people play sports, they often think of the people watching and believing in them. This connection can establish something that makes the athlete believe that he, in a way, is representing those who are behind him or her. The competitor binds people together and gives them a reason to unite. A case in point is the Philippines. No matter how many conflicting religious and political ideologies Filipinos have, Manny Pacaqiao’s boxing matches always result in zero-percent crime rate for the Philippines.
In summary, there are both positive and negative effect that could emerge from engaging in competitive sports. Needless to say, the real issue here lies on how much control the involved parties have on the exposure of the young to these competitive sports.