Is jealousy permissable when it comes to studying?

January 24, 2007 8:26am CST
I've got a friend who teaches in a high school. He is of the opinion that jealousy amongst class mates when it comes to achieving better grades should be incouraged! he once told me during a conversation that when a youngster feels jealous of his / her class mate it pushes him / her to strive for better grades by studying harder and getting even better grades in turn. Do you agree with my friends philosophy? well i dont! i think youngsters take this jealousy too far and in turn its not healthy for them or their class mates. Do let me know what you people think!
4 responses
• United States
25 Jan 07
In my experience, those whose grades are not as good tend to think that the straight A students are naturally smarter and that it comes easily to them. There may be times when that's true, but most of the time the straight A student is getting those grades because they are putting in the effort and studying harder and doing whatever they have to do to get the A. So unless they start to realize that it's hard work, the jealousy will remain just that. They will feel it's unattainable for them so they'll just resent the "smart" ones.
@ESKARENA1 (18297)
24 Jan 07
This depends on the individual concerned as to whether it is jealousy or not or whether it is just competition. I am never jeasous of people when i am studying, but i do like to keep up with them if i can and i try to say to my own kids that they must do the same but i tell them always that they have done their best and i think that a child should be rewarded by the family even if in the classroom situation they have not reached the top. If a child has done the best they can at the particular thing, then it should alo be up to the family to reward and praise them not just up to the sdhool, this way the child will not feel left out and this way also allows the child to strive harder.
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@samson1967 (7417)
• India
24 Jan 07
It is a healthy competion, such competion should not be considred as jealousy at all. I feel you are right and your friend is wrong in his views.
• Pakistan
23 Feb 07
Well a bit of friendly competition is always good to add more fun and spice in education but however one has to be carefull as there are many cases when that friendly competition turns into violence and that can have a big negative affect on the lives of students.