Just in case the United States is not successful in bringing down the country through excessive political correctness, with restrictions on our right to free speech, promoting the welfare state, and allowing political criminals free rein of the country, they have now decided in many places of ‘education’ to downplay achievement. If all else fails of their blighted agendas, this one is going to insure we raise and graduate a generation of non-achievers.
The latest change to education is to not praise or acknowledge student achievement. Why? They don’t want to hurt of feelings of students who don’t want to put forth the effort to excel and it makes them want to search for their ‘safe space’ where feelings are everything and learning is secondary.
When I was in first grade, I discovered the freedom of being away from home for the day and took the time to experience recess to the fullest and schoolwork not so much. Then I noticed that my attempts at writing were not getting pinned on the honor board and awards for perfect homework papers weren’t coming my way. Was I embarrassed? Very much so. Did I sit back and let the emotions this allowed to surface in my six-year-old heart have me finding a ‘safe place’ in the classroom where I knew people would soon notice my angst and comfort me? No, I started doing my homework and grinned from ear to ear whenever my perfect homework paper was add to the ‘best work’ board for the day.
The psychological powers that be seem to be turning even the every day classroom into a sort of socialist system where everyone is going to be the same and the ones that ‘dare’ to excel have to share the limelight with everyone even if the work and effort wasn’t equal.
I have to wonder at what kind of caliber of professional the educational system will be turning out after graduation these days. Classes seem to deal with more of ‘how do I feel about this’ than memorizing what is needed to progress to the next step. Do you want to travel in a plane with a student who spent more time in having his feelings respected than was given the grade he or she deserved in order to pass or fail the course. Do you want teachers who just pass students on to avoid all the controversy with dealing with parents who are upset because not everyone got a trophy.
Now, the colleges are banning the Honor Society stole at graduation as it makes the less scholastically inclined feel bad. And no Valedictorian speeches at graduations as the ones who didn’t work towards achieving the honor probably don’t want to look bad in front of parents and relatives at graduation. Feelings need to be considered not hard work.
Not everyone realistically wants to excel to these levels in school. I’ve been to college and knew students who were there to get in, earn a good enough grade and get on with life. Others worked extra hard to do a bit better. And, there were always students who were inspired to work harder when they realized the perks of a little hard work. What happens now?