It has recently been reported that some public schools are forbidding their students from displaying in any way their acceptance by a college of their choice. They cannot high five or brag to anyone. Their teachers cannot congratulate them in class. The reason? Why the poor little student who was not accepted might be upset. Their ego might be harmed by the fact that someone fared better than they. Some of these schools even go so far as to advise students to refer any student they see crying to the counselor’s office. There they can receive the solace they so desperately need.
is hard to believe but there are some public schools that have
eliminated the valedictorian program. Again the reason is so that other
less accomplished students will not suffer damage to their poor self
image. Apparently being the best is no longer considered a good thing.
We wouldn’t want all the others, slackers, goof offs and under achievers
to feel bad. It would seem that the “educational community” believes we
all are equal and no one should stand out. It is somewhat similar to a
little league game where all of the players get a trophy whether they
win or lose.
guess what? That ain’t the real world. The world is a competitive
place. Success both in getting a good job and succeeding in that job is
not a matter of chance. Employers are looking for the best. They seek
out the best students because they rightfully believe these people will
become the best employees. Members of the “educational community” seem
to think that all the world is like their school where everybody just
goes through life with a guaranteed job and their future is secure just
because they show up. I sometimes wonder if these kinds of thoughts are
the results of aging 60’s hippies. Many of them who survived their
excesses of youth are now in positions of authority. A lot of them
gyrated toward education because they thought it would be an easy life
with a lot of time off. The big difference is that they have to bathe on
a regular basis, but I guess they could make that concession.
problem with most of our public schools is they really do not know what
it takes to succeed in the real world. The same is true, in large
measure, in colleges. Most members of the academic set have never
actually faced life in a competitive world with profit as the ulterior
motive. Tenure is an artificial commodity that exists in educational
institutions in order to insure the jobs of educators whether they are
competent or not. That is not a part of the real world. In the real
world you have to produce or else.
have even heard of schools that choose not to give out any grades on
anything. This, they opine, means that no one would ever fail and their
little images of themselves would not suffer. Of course it also means no
one could ever succeed. A side benefit from such a system to the
teachers is there is no way of determining the proficiency of that
teacher. Are they competent or are they not? There is no way to know.
is an inescapable truth. Most people coming out of school will have to
earn a living. Most will have to get a job and perform and their bruised
self image is their problem. There are no free rides or free lunches.
So, my advice, “Suck it up Buttercup.” Study and learn your lessons
whether your teacher is competent or not. In the final analysis it is
going to be up to you.
Ron Scarbro April 25, 2012
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