Weekly Competition #32

17 May 2019

WINNERS ANNOUNCED:
incredible_seagull and busy_song

There was brilliant scepticism shown in this week's competition and we thought the reasons given were varied and well developed. It was especially good hearing from schools outside of the UK, as part of the Global Conversation! Well done to our winners this week: we liked how they had clearly read and taken into account the other entries before writing their own and this showed good open-mindedness. They also used their reasoning to come to a clear conclusion that was well explained. Good work!

WEEKLY COMPETITION #32

"The world would be better without borders."

We want you to be sceptical about this statement and say why you think it is untrue. If you personally agree with it, you'll have to be open-minded and think about it from the opposite point of view.

You might want to ask yourself the following questions when writing your answer:

  • Would this be fair?
  • Who would have a better life? Whose life would be worse?
  • How would the economy change?
  • How would resources be shared?

Winners will be announced next Friday. Good luck!

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  • rational_engineer | Notley Green Primary School | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    I think that this comment is true because than our world will be a better place with no people creating borders

  • thoughtful_dove | Notley Green Primary School | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    I don't agree because if the world didn't have borders there would be too many people in some countries but not enough in others.If you think about it, it is good to have boarders because of theifs and other people who do bad things.Although I don't agree with the idea of trips wall, I think that the other ones are a good idea .

  • magical_peach | Notley Green Primary School | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    I do not agree because if there was no borders then Isis or someone that we don't want could join our country.Another reason is to many people could come into our country and we could become short on food and the protein and the nutritional we need and on the other half isf less and less people are in a country then it could slowly disappear .

  • radical_harmonica | Notley Green Primary School | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    I believe the world wouldn't be good without borders: refugees would get into countries illegally and they won't understand what is right from wrong.In addition, countries would be filled with homeless or countries will not have any room for houses to give them all a place to live.

  • neat_maths | Notley Green Primary School | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    I have two different opinions about this because it would be fair to have borders because if people who has came to destroy or harm someone's home they have all the right to put up a border to stop trespassing into the country/home. However, it also wouldn't be fair because if someone is living there and they would like to move to a different country or wanted to see family or maybe get a new job, and would like to go there and do something then come back they wouldn't be able to because of the border. I couldn't choose which one to write about so I wrote about both.

  • assured_penguin | Notley Green Primary School | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    I think it would be fair because we need borders to protect our country because it can keep all the intruders out.

  • free_panda_bear | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    A world without borders would either bring peace or absolute mayhem and a rise of drugs passed across borders

  • awesome_sparrow | Notley Green Primary School | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    The world would not be better with borders, because it clogs up space in the world and people won't be able to see famiit member. Like trumps wall someone might live on the border of Mexico and the other half of the family might be on the border of America so it if trump puts up a wall they won't be able to see eachother anymore.

  • industrious_earth | Notley Green Primary School | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    I thick that walls can help or not help if you have a wall to stop the military from come in but in Berlin it stop people from the este side to the whest side but this is still happening like in Sideryer so if this happens with trump I will not be happy so this is my points

  • enterprising_apricot | Notley Green Primary School | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    The world would be atrocious without borders as they stop more people entering the country......
    They would run out of water,food,space and homes.Which as you can tell would end out badly
    The country would go crazy with more people coming in......It would be madness
    No one would enjoy it

  • idealistic_cat | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    I agree the world would be better without borders, because once one border is made, the world never stops. It's like saying if you give one child a sweet, all the others would be wanting one too. So it wouldn't be fair. No, people won't have a better life. However, some borders are made for good reasons. For example, if too many people are coming too one country, they would end up being homeless, or not having any money. So yes, borders can be made for good and bad reasons. But is Trump really making a wall to protect people?

  • friendly_gazelle | Notley Green Primary School | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    Walls and wars are good and bad

  • ineffable_seagull | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    true because without it is unfair,because you are making a country independent and it is making the other country more easy to target and steal what i mean is that if they go to war they will have no support from the other separated country so they will be vulnerable.

  • noble_badger | Notley Green Primary School | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    I agree that there should not be borders. My reason for this is that if so e of a family is staying ( abroad ) at a hotel and they travel and stay there for a while, people could've built a wall to separate countries that stood as a border guarding their home country. In some countries NOONE is allowed to go IN or OUT of that country, so, when the residents return, their country will be off limits to them and they would possibly never see their family again!

    So, just a simple wall can result in tragedy for many people.

  • exhilarated_strawberry | Notley Green Primary School | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    walls and borders
    They stop all the hoarders.
    They keep intruders out
    They make them want to pout.
    Despite me thinking that walls are great
    I think Trump's idea will separate mates.
    Democracy is all we need
    To make Trump's decision cleared.

    Thank you so much for reading my poem.
    -exhilarated_strawberry

  • jolly_duck | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    The world wasn't made for war, It doesn't need borders to separate us from who we need. In addition, the world wouldn't have as much money and we need money to live, for clean water and food etc.

  • fabulous_panda_bear | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    It could be fair because the wall might stop people breaking in and stealing thing in addition to this this will stop people walking on Donald Trumps lawn because he might not like it and he should tell us f he likes it other wise he will just continue shouting at us and he has not told us. People might not agree. So what we could do to make it fair is to have a vote but it is clearly fair because he lives there and that his his property but it is stopping other people all we need it democracy this is my opinion so they should might want boulders.

  • fabulous_panda_bear | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    Also are life would be worse and his would be better.

  • honorable_conclusion | Weston Favell Academy | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 10 May 2019

    "The world would be better without borders." I am skeptical of this statement because it would not be fair for the people who want to live their lives as normal and not move anywhere else. This would be better for war-torn nations because people who didn't like others could leave instead of becoming angry and start fighting with them. It would be worse for people who are in current search for a job as ,if more people enter the country, then lots of the jobs will be occupied. The economies would change because some countries would need more money and some countries would need less money. Resources would change because places with more people would need an astonishing amount more of food, drink and other essentials whereas places with less people would be wasting resources if they took to much. In addition, if the world had no borders, the governments would have a harder job. This is because they would have to make houses smaller and ration food drink and clothes for example.Hong Kong has a population density of 7075 people per square kilometer. As a direct result of this, there is a vast amount of skyscrapers and flats there. In addition, Hong Kong is very polluted as of two many fossil fuels being used from cars. Therefore, if we had no borders on the earth, this is what it would be like ( although Hong Kong is an amazing place to go to). This is why I am skeptical of that statement.
    Information found at https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/china-hong-kong-sar-population/

  • eloquent_recipe | Crampton Primary School | United Kingdom 11 May 2019

    I think it may be a good idea to have borders.
    If there were no boarders the world would be on big country. This would mean no competitions like the world cup because we would all be one. It would possibly mean lots of civil wars because of the different regions. It could also result to no sea, the sea is the boarder to many different country therefore, in an alternative world there would be no sea left which result in drought.

  • communicative_bird | Ravenscroft Primary School | United Kingdom 11 May 2019

    1) It is both fair and unfair for where it is fair for some, it is unfair for others and where it is unfair for some, it is fair for others so whoever believes it just one then they are not being open-minded.
    2) Many people put up emotional borders which can lead to depression and depression can often lead to suicide which is a current global issue. Did you know that suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of forty. So people who put up emotional borders would have a better life. However borders can be put up for safety and borders for safety don't just keep people safe, they give people peace of mind.
    3) The economy would change because this would unbalance the scales of population. What I mean by this is that some countries will have too much people and some countries won't have enough and the countries that have too much people won't be able to supply them and the countries without enough will not make enough money.
    4) Resources would have to be shared to give the countries with more people more stuff and the countries with less people less stuff.
    To conclude, I believe some borders are unnecessary and we (as a world) would be better off without them and some borders are hugely necessary.

  • rational_politics | Highdown School | United Kingdom 11 May 2019

    I believe that without walls or borders, the world would be chaos. For example, there is (technically) a war between North Korea and South Korea. If there is no border between the two, then there will be tension as well as North Koreans going to South Korea.

  • good_seagull | Michael Faraday Primary School | United Kingdom 11 May 2019

    I think that if we had borders, then the world will be more controlled and their will be security. On the other hand, my opinion is that more drug dealers would make more money and make mayhem. Lots of people would be affected because criminals would escape and maybe commit more crime. Borders help the knowledge of knowing where something came from and also places would be more stable .

  • thoughtful_raisin | Upton Cross Primary School | United Kingdom 11 May 2019

    I think that the walls are a usless and a waste of money so I agree that the world would be a better place with out walls because everyone will get along and won't judge each other. It will make people happier if the wall was torn done because if people were split away from there family they will get to see each other again but on the other hand people will be upset because they used there money on the wall and there just crushing it and that means there will be less money in the country. Resorses would be shared because if they share it they would have more items and they would be happier with more people 😉😊😉😊

  • benevolent_solution | Ormiston Bushfield Academy A | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 11 May 2019

    A world with out borders is a world without any restrictions. Without restrictions our world would fall into anarchy and destruction. With nothing separating good and evil how would we ever distinguish between what we should and shouldn't do.

  • funny_power | Weston Favell Academy | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 12 May 2019

    I would question that a world without borders would be a better place, as it could make people feel very insecure because nothing belongs to them. This could make them feel they have lost their country,s identity. The poorer country's would benefit from having no borders because richer country's would have to share there wealth and belongings. This could be seen as a good thing by many who gain or a bad thing by the people losing out. The economy may change as the wealth could be shared, this would obviously make the poor people/county's happy and the rich people/ country's potentially very angry having to share there wealth. The resources could be spilt in half and shared between all country's /people and could cause argument or even worse wars. The big question is who would decide who has what?.
    I my opinion this would be fair to some people but on the other hand some people would disagree with this opinion.

  • rational_tamarind | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 13 May 2019

    I think that a world would not be good with borders as somebody that you don't want or like could enter your city. This person may be carrying drugs.

  • earnest_wolf | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 13 May 2019

    I think this is untrue because you have borders to keep your property private. There is also borders that keep your house up (known as walls) that give you shelter. However borders between countries (like Scotland and England known as St Hadriens wall) are unneeded because people have their own freedom to do whatever and go wherever they want.

  • earnest_wolf | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 13 May 2019

    "The world would be better without borders." I am skeptical of this statement because it would not be fair for the people who want to live their lives as normal and not move anywhere else. This would be better for war-torn nations because people who didn't like others could leave instead of becoming angry and start fighting with them. It would be worse for people who are in current search for a job as ,if more people enter the country, then lots of the jobs will be occupied. The economies would change because some countries would need more money and some countries would need less money. Resources would change because places with more people would need an astonishing amount more of food, drink and other essentials whereas places with less people would be wasting resources if they took to much. In addition, if the world had no borders, the governments would have a harder job. This is because they would have to make houses smaller and ration food drink and clothes for example.Hong Kong has a population density of 7075 people per square kilometer. As a direct result of this, there is a vast amount of skyscrapers and flats there. In addition, Hong Kong is very polluted as of two many fossil fuels being used from cars. Therefore, if we had no borders on the earth, this is what it would be like ( although Hong Kong is an amazing place to go to). This is why I am skeptical of that statement.

  • shining_seahorse | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 13 May 2019

    Some borders should not be where they are right now but some walls are built for a reason for example to keep the following country safe from something bad happening at the other side, or some illness to help people stop getting ill helping that country and other people around them getting ill.But they might have it for privacy maybe its not all for a bad reason but i do agree the borders should not exist.

  • victorious_conversation | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 13 May 2019

    "The world would be better with borders!" I disagree with this because the world needs freedom. For example, when The Great Wall Of China was built, thousands of people died trying to get out of the country because they were separated from their family and friends. It is also bad because people cannot get into the country which can affect the economy of that country.

  • incredible_wombat | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 13 May 2019

    I think borders are good because it means keeping people that they don't want out. Also it can also stop people from fleeing from a country. For example, the Berlin Wall. The wall was built for stopping people from fleeing from East Germany before the economy collapses. In order for it to happen, it needed to build a wall. So sometimes it is a good thing.

  • encouraging_bell | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 13 May 2019

    The world would be better without borders because countries need to bring in tourists if they want to get revenue. If they don't get enough revenue there economies will collapse or be very poor. Another bad thing about this are people will not be able to trade because they won't be able to get out of the country because of the border.

  • tenacious_whale | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 13 May 2019

    I disagree that "The world will be better without borders" because leaders of different countries will want to protect their citizens. If countries don't have a wall protecting them, there is a bigger chance of being invaded. However, no one can enter the countries with walls so the specific countries may become poor.

  • gutsy_jabuticaba | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 13 May 2019

    The world would be chaos if there are no walls or borders. Our houses are held up with a sort of border (walls). We would have no where to live.

  • splendid_tree | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 13 May 2019

    The world is better with borders. This is because it keeps illegal immigrants from trespassing from different countries. It can also stop wars from occurring and allow peace in the world. If the other country dose not agree this could be because they are not as wealthy and there economies might collapse like south and north Korea.

  • dependable_ibex | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 13 May 2019

    It would not be a better place because, some countries such as South and North Korea need boarders so their economy does not collapse.If they have walls to keep people from leaving, there is no way for people to enter. Instead of losing money, they could be earning money from visitors and tourists. It is not very fair because you can not keep somebody i the same place forever you have to let go.Citizens might want to start a new life somewhere else and have a better future.This could cause argument or even worse war. North Korea's economy is collapsing while South Korea's economy is rising lots.The main reason why citizens want to leave North Korea is because they have a low supply of money and other resources. South Korea has a more money then North Korea so that is one reason why they want to leave,
    This is my opinion so it is okay to agree and disagree with this opinion.
    Finally thank you for reading my comment i hope you like it I appreciate it :).

  • magical_fox | Maritime Academy | United Kingdom 13 May 2019

    It would be better if we didn’t have boarders.
    I chose this because, in my opinion, it will increase the numbers of population in the world as people from dangerous countries will be able to flee to a more convenient place that provides better education and medicine etc.
    But why should we make other people’s lives harder?
    I agree that we will make residents lives harder as more people will make food scarce but if it means saving other other people it’s worth it. If I put my shoes in the less fortunate lives I will really suffer so this is why I think that having boarders is a bad idea.

  • generous_recipe | Maritime Academy | United Kingdom 13 May 2019

    Personally I think it would be better without borders and I’m here to say why: if there were no borders there would be no Brexit, this may sound like a good thing but it is not. Without democracy others will have no job, without a job they will not have a roof over there heads nor food in there stomach. Also, without a job they will not get income. How many more people are going to be on the streets? Of course there is government benefits but, how long is that going to last? Actually not very long, without parliament there will not be any money for the people who need(or want) benefits because they will have no money.

  • balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 13 May 2019

    "The world would be better without borders."

    This could be true because it's a human right to be able to work and live where you want. However, you can't just walk into Buckingham Palace and say that you're going to live there. This refers back to simpler borders like house walls: without them people could come into other people's houses and cause a lot of harm. This may not be fair because people could easily invade other people's privacy. But if you consider bigger border walls, that divide countries, it would be as fair because the government sometimes do it for their own well being e.g to keep terrorists out of the country. The great wall of China is an example of this, it was made to keep invaders out. Yet, some make walls to keep people in. The Berlin wall is an example of this. Some border walls aren't fair because some people haven't seen their family for a very long time because of some walls: the one that separates Korea in two. Furthermore, some people have to cross a border to get to everyday places. For example I don't live where my school is and if there was a border separating Leeds from other cities, I would find it harder and longer to get to school ( this isn't a real example ).
    People living in the country could have a worse life. This is because, as I mentioned before, many harmful people could enter. However, it could also be good for immigrants because they would be free to move to wherever they want. For example if Korea decided to knock down their border ( which is highly unlikely ) lot's of people could take advantage of the situation and decide to leave Korea and go to other countries.
    The economy would be better because without the expenses of maintaining the wall, they would be able to focus widely on more important things such as hospitals, the police and funding for schools. However, things may also become more expensive. This is because more people equals more expenses. Getting a new pet for instance. You need to pay for insurance, medication, food, toys and a lot of other things. And the more pets you get, the more money you have to spend.
    So there are two sides of the argument. I can consider both sides of the argument because there are many rules regulations and lots of different types of information to support both sides.

  • appreciative_clementine | Morley Newlands Academy | United Kingdom | United Kingdom 14 May 2019

    personally I believe they should be no borders because with no borders you can bring people from other countries together.

  • accomplished_market | British Council School, Madrid | Spain 14 May 2019

    A world without borders would be chaos as therecould be more terroristattacks, the economies would collapse, and countries wouldn[t be able to supply everyone with resources. Cultures would be lost and law itself wouldbe in danger. Itwould be extremely hard to find a job in overcrowded countries and there wouldbe too little employees in countries with very low population. Therewould be problemswith communication and TV programmes.

  • eager_banana | British Council School, Madrid | Spain 14 May 2019

    A good example of this is in migration, more specifically in religion, a Muslim would want to go to an Islamic church, and there may not be Islamic churches in a specific place of the earth. This could represent a great problem for each religion.

  • enterprising_beaver | British Council School, Madrid | Spain 14 May 2019

    I am skeptical of this statement because it would not be fair for the people who want to live their lives as normal and not move anywhere else. This would be better for war-torn nations because people who didn't like others could leave instead of becoming angry and start fighting with them. It would be worse for people who are in current search for a job as ,if more people enter the country, then lots of the jobs will be occupied. The economies would change because some countries would need more money and some countries would need less money. Resources would change because places with more people would need an astonishing amount more of food, drink and other essentials whereas places with less people would be wasting resources if they took to much. In addition, if the world had no borders, the governments would have a harder job. This is because they would have to make houses smaller and ration food drink and clothes for example.Hong Kong has a population density of 7075 people per square kilometer. As a direct result of this, there is a vast amount of skyscrapers and flats there. In addition, Hong Kong is very polluted as of two many fossil fuels being used from cars. Therefore, if we had no borders on the earth, this is what it would be like .

  • articulate_introduction | British Council School, Madrid | Spain 14 May 2019

    I think that if we had borders, then the world will be more controlled and their will be security. On the other hand, my opinion is that more drug dealers would make more money and make mayhem. Lots of people would be affected because criminals would escape and maybe commit more crime. Borders help the knowledge of knowing where something came from and also places would be more stable .

  • believable_recipe | British Council School, Madrid | Spain 14 May 2019

    this statement isn´t true because we need people from all around the world for knowing cultures, different languagues... it would also be a lot of lack of comunication in the world .

  • knowledgeable_elephant | British Council School, Madrid | Spain 14 May 2019

    I think that borders are necessary for this modern time economy, this is because people who want to live their countries could do it: This might seem nice but this means that some economy's will collapse because people will immediately leave their country, and the other economy's will also collapse because too many people will migrate to their country. We would just see chaos every where in the world. Other problems would be that the unemployment rate would go dangerously up, security would be damaged because no one would control who is at your country each time...

  • awesome_moment | British Council School, Madrid | Spain 14 May 2019

    No, we need borders because of many reasons like: security, overcrowding of some countries, democracy could be threatened, destruction of economics where lots of people go, will not cope and sometimes it could collapse. Also there will be lots of different languages so there will be lack of communication therefore there will be lots of arguments. It would be very difficult to find a job.

  • articulate_introduction | British Council School, Madrid | Spain 14 May 2019

    this is fair because if not any person could go to your country and that person could be a terrorist or something like that. If some resources like water are needed, any people could go and take the water from you. This also can afect the enconomy and resources could not be shared. This need to be independent.

  • spectacular_currency | British Council School, Madrid | Spain 14 May 2019

    I think borders are necessary because it would affect the resources that each country has.As food shortages,water,space,hospitals and employment.This would affect all the countries that have very good living resources and the ones who have a strong democracy a country were you fill secure. All the countries would be overcrowding were the law would have to make a strong change,this could destruct some economies.Also a big problem would be the difficulties of understanding other languages