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The “Everyone is Equal” Myth

Repair Man Jack has a great column over at RedState in part he discusses:

I’ll conjecture that hiring authorities are hiring fewer college graduates precisely because of grade inflation. They can no longer tell the difference between average and good based upon GPA. This causes them to view college graduates as a higher risk of failure than they used to be. That, combined with the subpar economy,*** causes massive unemployment among new college graduates. By  deliberately inflating grades to keep subpar students on campus to pay more tuition, colleges and universities are sabotaging the future of students who truly work hard and earn As.

I, in general, enjoy the posts over at RS by rmJ. That said, I disagree with the assertion that colleges are “deliberately inflating grades to keep sub par students.” I believe that professors are inflating grades because professors buy into the general liberal thought that we need to guarantee outcomes because everyone is equal.

Now, let me be clear, everyone is created equal. What this means is that we have the same basic starting point. We all have the same inalienable rights. We are all human.

After that, the outcomes aren’t inalienable. They are NOT guaranteed. There are no guarantees even for the wealthiest among us. A family business rarely survives past the 2nd generation. Bankruptcy courts are littered with hardworking people with good ideas. And Forbes is littered with lucky people with dumb ideas. (Pet Rocks anyone)

The point is that we all understand this basic premise. This is where the ideological divide exists. We can either let the market choose winners and losers. Or government can.

As a conservative, I feel that the government is a horrible metric for success because they always choose the powerful, the rich, those with connections. Where the market doesn’t see race, color, creed, or gender. And while some work hard and fail, the market is still a fairer arbiter for such success than is government.

But liberals are accustomed to ensuring equality. If liberals could ensure that every player could have a ring in the NBA, they would…why? It is a matter of fairness. Because what system that rewards utility players with rings while superstars like Barkeley or LeBron go ringless? That system must be broken. Or in the NFL, why do over 57% of the teams have ALL the Super Bowl rings? Such a system is wrong-headed and must be fixed. *snark*

So, when it comes to our children, instead of giving Ds and Fs…we make excuses. Test anxiety. ADD. Bad hair day. Whatever. The answer was X…they didn’t know it…the end. But not anymore. Because now, instead of a majority in the middle…we have a majority towards the top. We grade on a curve. (Something I never did) When I was going through school I was told…you can’t give everyone Cs. You need to do a curve. Because if the highest score on your test is an 80, it is a reflection on you, the teacher, not the student. To which I replied, “IF I cover the material and they don’t study or they are stupid and don’t know that 2+2=4 then that is a reflection of them as represented by the F on their paper…not a reflection on me.” I wasn’t very popular.

Don’t underestimate the liberal though orthodoxy and its stranglehold on our American teaching system.

 

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