You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Students perform better in school when they are rewarded rather than punished. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
There exists an opinion that the performance of the students at school can be enhanced when they are rewarded rather than punished. I think this would prove effective only in selective situations.
On the one hand, when students are rewarded, I believe their abilities are recognized, and this would motivate them to perform better. It is the responsibility of teachers to explore the hidden talents of students, and the best way to do this is to encourage them to perform well in their respective fields. This can be made practical by sowing the seeds of competition among them passively, rewarding the best performers. For example, when a student performs well in mathematics, and if he is rewarded, he would naturally find tougher competition next time. Similarly, prizes for the best athletes would bring in more students into the field of sports.
On the other hand, I should admit that not all school students can be motivated through rewarding. When a section of students is rewarded regularly for their performance, others would get demotivated, and this would affect their performance negatively. The best way to bring such students on to the right track is disciplining them and boost their performance. Secondly, an ideal learning situation cannot be created without disciplining students in the way the mentor wants. Punishments at school also help students not to deviate from their objectives as most of them are not mature enough to handle challenging situations, especially in academics.
To conclude, though rewards can better the performance of school students at certain situations, not all are benefitted by it, and hence I believe punishments are necessary at schools to do the same.