I strongly agree with you and Drewski in this regard. When I was in the 3rd grade, our teacher had contests to see who could do the best. We'd be given math problems and the first one who finished the problem correctly won. In the 5th & 6th grades, they broke math and reading up into 2 classes, Advanced and...I forget the name of the other class. Maybe it was math & reading 1 & 2...but it was known to us that one class was advanced and the other was not. America has been built upon fiercely competitive citizens and I believe that's the right way. In a college economics class taught by a Marxist professor, we were asked, "Some cultures value relaxation, family & friends and don't care about career success. Should these people be punished by our system?" My answer today would be, "Well, they certainly shouldn't be rewarded by our system for such values." I have great respect for anyone who chooses to follow their values but it's their choice. We all have different challenges and obstacles to overcome to achieve whatever lifestyle we choose to pursue, but the key is, we all have to make a choice and do something. Competition is good, it always has been.