ERIC Number: EJ882358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Competition: Was Kohn Right?
Shields, David Light; Bredemeier, Brenda Light
Phi Delta Kappan, v91 n5 p62-67 Feb 2010
Alfie Kohn made the case for competition being destructive to education. The truth may be that there are two separate ways to contest: true competition, which is a healthy desire to excel, and decompetition, which is the unhealthy desire merely to beat the opponent. Decompetition leads to the ills that Kohn enumerated. Educators should teach their students the difference between competition and decompetition.
Descriptors: Competition, Ethics, Democratic Values, Academic Achievement, Reader Response, Rhetorical Criticism, Persuasive Discourse, Performance Factors, Educational Practices, Values Education
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