Friday, May 15, 2009

A Modest Proposal

A reader sent this link to me. It's not entitled A Modest Proposal, but it's satirical enough that it could be.

There is a great inequity in justice in our public school systems. I refer, of course, to the fact that some students have higher grades than others. This can only be the result of institutional disenfranchisement, and must be corrected by government intervention. Besides, our nation’s future faces catastrophic academic failure if we don’t artificially prop it up now.

By which I mean, the failing students need a bailout.


maxutils said...

I thought you'd learned not to post modest proposals.

Darren said...

Why would you possibly think that?

Child of God said...

An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said ok, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.

After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little.. The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F. The scores never increased as bickering, blame, name calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but when government takes all the reward away; no one will try or want to succeed.Could not be any simpler than that.

Bailout = Socialism Buyout

Darren said...

Read the post I just wrote, a post or two above this one, called Freedom. Related idea.

Neko said...

That is an excellent story, Child of God. Throw in a few animals and you have a story worthy of Aesop.

Darren said...

My contact information is in my profile; just use email instead of Instant Messenger!