>Robert Hansen Posted: Mar 26, 2012 5:40 PM >> The system as it is has degenerated to match non >> studious students which makes it less useful to the >> studious ones as well. > >No! The students are doing exactly what is required of >them. Bob, you too easily forget The Prime Directive, >or you do not take it seriously. Either way, you are >making a mistake.
You must have seen, IRL or on TV, a track-and-field type race. The field of runners almost always gets spread out, with a considerable gap between the winner and some of the top runners on the one hand and the losers and stragglers on the other. This gap gets especially wide in the longer events, where there is more time for the field to spread out and where some runners even get lapped.
People run in such events voluntarily. They are motivated to prepare and to try hard to win and they generally have some talent for the contest. Imagine what the spread would be if you forced a lot of other people to compete, people with no skill and no desire for the contest. The gap would instantly become ridiculous.
Imagine now what would happen if you somehow jiggered with the rules of the game in an ill-conceived attempt to reduce the gap. People with no skill or desire for the contest would try even less hard, if that were possible. People who previously might have competed seriously would start to put less effort into it as that saw that the game was rigged against them or altogether pointless.
Now consider some bright young kid in elementary school. He obeyed the rules, diligently did his school work, learned the material, and got promoted to the next grade. He also sees that some of his classmates broke the rules, did none of their school work, learned nothing, and also got promoted to the next grade. What is such a kid to think?
I think it would take strength of character, rarely found in adults, for a young child in such a situation to realize that despite conditions it is in his long-run interest to obey the rules and do the work. Given the massive evidence before his eyes that playing by the rules and doing the work is a sucker's game, most young kids are going respond exactly to the incentives given them by the schools. They will do nothing. Isn't this just what we (Paul not included) see in the schools, today?