Is it ethical to force ALL students to learn by competing? What kind of learning is the result of forced competition? Most competitive situations are not about learning, they are for those who want to compete. I wonder if contributions to this listserve would be enhanced if we were forced to compete for, say, the "Most Insightful Comment" award.
I agree with Talman in that we need to design curriculum to allow for both competition and collaboration, but the competition should only be for those who choose to compete.