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June 16, 2011

Created Equal, Not Legislated Equal


Many years ago I read a sci-fi short story about a future America where the laws prohibited anyone from being smarter, or prettier or more athletic than anyone else. Everyone had to operate at the same level of achievement.

If you were a superior athlete, you were forced to carry heavy weights or other impediments to slow you down or hamper your abilities.

If you possessed a intellect brilliant, you were forced to wear earplugs that emitted horrendously loud noises to distract you so you couldn't develop a serious line of thought.

If you were beautiful or handsome, you had to wear a mask that disfigured you.

In this manner, America finally realized a society where every citizen was truly equal.

It was an amusing story because it was so patently ridiculous and so -- unlikely.
Not anymore.

From the American Thinker:

Our educational system is self-destructing because of a fraud known as the "achievement gap." One result of that fraud is that public school bureaucrats are taking away opportunities from good students in a misguided effort to help underperforming students.

When the mainstream media reports on progressive social policies, the results can be astonishing. A recent Washington Post "Metro" section featured a stunning educational policy: a school policy that ruins opportunities for bright students in order to help the less bright students ("Dumping honors classes for AP," May 22). The Post reports that honors classes are being abolished from the curriculum in Fairfax, VA, and many schools across the country. The purpose of abolishing the honors courses: to help "underrepresented minority students." With that article, the Post unwittingly exhibited the core of the problem with education in this country: The flawed system and students' low culture. Each factor combines in a downward spiral to give us the bad educational results we have today.

Schools across the country generally have three tracks of courses: basic, honors, and Advanced Placement courses. Honors classes are being removed because "traditionally underrepresented minorities" are not taking enough AP courses. You might wonder what on earth removing honors courses will do to encourage bad students to take AP courses. Fairfax's "assistant superintendent for instructional services" Peter Noonan helpfully explains: "We've found that traditionally underrepresented minorities do not access the most rigorous track when three tracks are offered. But when two tracks are offered, they do." This may seem like a silly social engineering effort, but there is a serious concept behind this laughable policy: the "achievement gap."

[...]Now, Fairfax is going to ruin an opportunity for bright and motivated students in order to make up for the less motivated, less capable students who are not inclined to take AP courses. This policy alone is bizarre and destined for mediocrity, at best. Yet, that bad policy is just the tip of the iceberg of error that liberal social engineers keep backing up and ramming into. The iceberg itself is made up of obsolete social theories and fallacious sociological schemes.

The pious fraud about the "achievement gap" is more than just bunk social science and bad policy; it is harming the interests of good students. "Underrepresented" students are not going to improve their performance in a way that justifies the cost imposed on good students.

By eliminating honors classes, schools are destroying something of value in a futile quest to produce results that some refuse to produce.

This is not funny at all. This is just another way to destroy the qualities that made America great, the unique capabilities of her people.

16 comments:

Project Savior said...

The story you are thinking of is "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut. Great story by a great writer.

Big Vicar said...

Bring on the vouchers.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

The PC libs have taken "Equal Opportunity" a step further to "Equal Outcome", or "Dumbing Down". The PC do-gooders have fallen into the grand scheme of the progressives plan. If the population is "Stupid" they will be easier to control.

Subvet said...

Who knew Vonnegut could be so prescient? We now look to make everyone equally inferior in the deluded belief that no one will then be inferior.

Don't we see much of the same atittude with regards the demonization of the wealthy? Instead of asking a rich man how he got there, we concentrate on hating the fact he did.

In the movie "Rosewood", one of the secondary characters expresses resentment because a black minister owns a piano and he doesn't. His friend comments, "But you don't know how to play a piano!"

The answer of, "It don't matter, he's got one and I don't." seems to put the pervasive jealousy of our present culture in a nutshell.

"He's got talent/money/looks/whatever and I don't. Crucify the bastard."

Oh brave new world...

McGonagall said...

There is a reason minorities don't do as well academically that all the social engineering they dream up just can't change: http://tinyurl.com/6c989lt

T. F. Stern said...

im a prodkt uf pubic shcols.

sig94 said...

Project - Thanks a million! For the life of me I couldn't remember the name of that story. I read it more than 40 years ago; couldn't even remember that it was Vonnegut's work.

sig94 said...

BigVic - vouchers and clowns. Bring it.

sig94 said...

Odie - "Equal Outcome" should only be applied to persons found guilty of murder. Their body temperature should be equal to that of their victim.

sig94 said...

Subvet - exactamondo. I don't need it, I can't use it but Hell's Bell's I want it too!

sig94 said...

McG - very interesting. I am surprised that one of the lesser cranial capacity types hasn't killed him.

sig94 said...

TFS - so are me

LL said...

I accept all of this from the liberals when they get their favorite teams to put midgets on all EAST COAST NBA teams as centers. (only midgets can play on East Coast NBA teams as a symbol of equality)... West Coast teams can keep 7 footers on as centers as a symbol of decadence.

sig94 said...

LL - great idea. Let's throw a few point paraplegics into the mix too.

fuzzys dad said...

This is one more reason to home school

Barco Sin Vela II said...

Yet the Progressive Elite will send their chirren to private schools.