Reinforcing mediocrity.

Posted by $ Solver 1 year, 1 month ago to Education
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“Plano Senior High School told their graduating seniors they were not allowed to wear the National Honor Society stoles at graduation they worked so hard to earn. Why? According to a Fox News article, “Students at a Texas high school who earned the right to wear National Honor Society stoles at graduation were reportedly informed by the school that they will not be allowed to wear them BECAUSE IT IS NOT INCLUSIVE OF ALL STUDENTS.” When I mentioned this to several colleagues, they asked if the school might cancel graduation because it wasn’t inclusive of kids who dropped out. Point made.”

The recently captured El Paso shooter, who killed 20 individuals, was a 2017 graduate at Plano Senior High School, which seems to practice reinforcing mediocrity.
Education based on ideology like this can really kill off motivation to succeed. Add in generational victimhood and identity blame and some individuals are going to take that very badly.

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  • Posted by $ 1 year, 1 month ago
    Tearing down the top to make the bottom feel better is what thousands of schools are doing now in America. This kind of thing is also happening more and more all across the world.
    Like in Altas Shugged, why would individuals want to work hard to be the best they can be in this type of environment? Why not just stay mediocre and let someone else tell you what to do?
    Or maybe some individuals will get really angry and strike back, at the “system” keeping them down. And the “system” will use that as an excuse to disarm their subjects.
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  • Posted by $ gharkness 1 year, 1 month ago
    Note that this article is three years old; however from my knowledge of the district (lived there 14 years) I don't think the situation has changed. Their website has a link to a closed petition to request they be allowed to wear their earned honors - apparently the petition was unsuccessful and little is said about it these days.

    This happened after we moved away, but we still retain close ties.

    This is not a good thing.
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  • Posted by $ nickursis 1 year, 1 month ago
    Ask youself, why is there never any investigations into the background of these kids? Why is it almost always 18-22 yo who do these things? Why do they always seem to come when information about former government misdeeds, lies and corruption come out (note this event and the one at the nightclub "just happen" to happen after the Comey revelation he lied, the FBI lied and there is sworn court testimony that they got the memos he "leaked" THIRTY days before the MSM BS story of them going to his house to get them? Things starting to get too hot? Need to change the conversation? Let's have a shooting. If data does not convince people that the mathematical odds of this stuff happening are astronomic, then might as well give up your freedom now.
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  • Posted by j_IR1776wg 1 year, 1 month ago
    Here is part of the way that John Dewey explained Plano High School's action written in 1897
    " I believe that the only true education comes through the stimulation of the child's powers by the demands of the social situations in which he finds himself. Through these demands he is stimulated to act as a member of a unity, to emerge from his original narrowness of action and feeling and to conceive of himself from the standpoint of the welfare of the group to which he belongs...."
    The ideas in this article rule the education systems around the world. You should read the full text
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  • Posted by $ 25n56il4 1 year, 1 month ago
    Are these youngsters hearing something we older ones need to tune into? I think so. We have a lot of homeless kids in our large school district. I wonder about their frustration levels. When my husband was active in law enforcement, he would pick them up if they were out too late and take them home. We also had youngsters ring our doorbell at 10 p.m. and I didn't answer the door. He did and spent some time with them as individuals.
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  • Posted by exceller 1 year, 1 month ago
    The gradual dumbing of society is being institutionalized.


    No more talented, hardworking students, Everyone must be equally dumb.

    Same logic as "tax the rich". The idea is not for people to strive for a better and more prosperous life (that is usually accomplished by hard work and talent) but have everyone on the low level of the echelon. When everyone is poor, they all share the same misery, so everyone is included.

    Classic tenet of communism.

    This madness cannot go on any longer.
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  • Posted by $ Olduglycarl 1 year, 1 month ago
    Never could figure out why demonstrating competence was non inclusive. Would we not be inspired by competence?

    My definition of Competition: 2 or more individuals or entities, totally dependent upon the other(s) to be the best one can be.
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    • Posted by exceller 1 year, 1 month ago
      When I moved to CA, I was told that people are "intimidated" by PhDs so I better hide it.

      So for a while I took it off my resume, in order not to "intimidate".

      Then I realized what a crap it was.

      This logic punishes those who are working hard and accomplish results in life.

      Tough luck if someone feels inferior for that reason. I don't feel inferior to someone who is awarded the Nobel Prize (especially after Obama became one of the awardees). Scientists and medical professionals receive it for real achievements.

      I respect and honor them b/c I know what it takes to build a lifetime legacy of great work.
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