No contest: the case against competition

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Houghton Mifflin, 1986 - Business & Economics - 257 pages
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Arguing that competition is inherently destructive, the author asserts that competitive behavior is culturally induced and counter-productive and causes anxiety, selfishness, self-doubt, and poor communication

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Review: No Contest: The Case Against Competition

User Review  - Hannah - Goodreads

While I was reading this book, I kind of hated it. The prose is really technical, I didn't understand all of his references, and the font was weird and tiny. But when I started discussing this book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sue Keay - Goodreads

Another great book by Alfie Kohn. This tackles the evidence against competition and challenges the assumption that pervades modern society that competition is somehow "good". Reasonable and convincing ... Read full review



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Alfie Kohn was recently described by Time magazine as "perhaps the countrys most outspoken critic of educations fixation on grades [and] test scores." He is the author of seven previous books on education and human behavior, including Punished by Rewards (1993), Beyond Discipline: From Compliance to Community (1996), and The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards" (1999). A former teacher, Kohn now works with educators across the country and speaks regularly at national conferences. He lives (actually) in Belmont, Mass. and (virtually) at

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