From the brilliant, patriot-mind
of Ben Franklin (quote): "The only thing
more expensive than education is ignorance."
And speaking of ignorance, let's super-size it. Despite curriculum erosion, a veteran seventh-grade
teacher in Maryland approached her classroom mission with passion and rigor, working
hard to impart knowledge, expecting genuine-effort in return from her students.
A bright, committed teacher, who set justifiable age-level standards. At the end of a recent grading-period, some of
her students received F's. The principal noticed, and called her to the office.
Prepare for lunacy. She was told that
those students are (quote): "not allowed to fail. If they have D's or F's, there is something
you aren't doing for them." Thus, in this
principal's mental-mirage, the only thing causing poor classroom results
is the teacher. Not the students, parents, or curriculum; the teacher. So this veteran educator did the honorable
thing, she resigned, rather than continue to put up with this butt-covering,
Not allowed to fail. We're all equal on the Karl Marx express. How well does such utopian-stupidity prepare students for the requirements and expectations of a demanding, sometimes harsh, real world? A competitive world, where an individual's abilities, hard-work, performance, attitude, and commitment are the determinants of success. Birth equality is most often a given. Outcomes, aren't. One-size does not fit all, and its birth-mother, political correctness, has no business being anywhere near legitimate education. To do or accept otherwise, paraphrasing Franklin, produces and perpetuates robotic ignorance, already far too pervasive in our society.