Promoting Mediocrity Promotes Government Dependency


When I was a child we were told to work hard, be honest, do your best, stand out, run faster, push, push, push. That’s how you get ahead. That is so old school!

No, No Johnny, don’t strain yoursef, come over here grab this Xbox controller and relax. Johnny, put that homework away. You look stressed. Grab this Gameboy and blow off some steam. We aren’t pushing our kids to do anything.

Back in the early eighties the “psychobabologists” (experts in “psycho-babble”, yes, I know it’s not really a word!) got together and decided that we were tearing down our young people’s self-esteem by grading them and having winners and losers in sports. According to a University of Michigan study, grading a student was “degrading” because the student based their worth on their grades. I say, humbug!

The study went on to say that low self-esteem led to poor health and potentially more involvement in criminal behavior. They go on to say that bad grades are usually attributed to poor communities. But do grades cause low self-esteem which then has a domino effect?

Kids from all walks of life get bad grades, behave badly in school, and so on. But for now, let’s discuss what these “psychobabologists” are selling… grades degrade kids.

Most wealthy people from “the hood” got out by working harder, getting a better education, getting off the streets, and aspiring to be something other than a street hoodlum. Those who work harder and have better grades tend to get into college easier and for less money (through grants and scholarships). Why? Does it mean they are worth more? No, it means they worked harder, wanted more for themselves, had a vision, and were willing to push toward it to get the grades needed to get out of their situation.

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