As we all know, every morning our American Liberal trundles out into the limelight provided by the Main Stream Media waving two fresh grievances and a demand. Usually that somebody somewhere be given the right to equal treatment or outcome in some venue. Like some high school boy being treated as female, if despite all the wrong junk, the evidence of a doctor on his birth certificate, ten, twelve or fourteen years of avowing himself a boy, he now attests he actually is a girl and so deserves to compete for this year’s prom queen and be given full access to the opposite sex’s bathroom and locker room. A position some in the know would tell you, was occasioned by a football player beating him up for what he’s been up to in the boy’s locker room.
I wish I could recall who recently called this sort of thing equality insanity. Because that’s exactly what it is.
Indeed it’s impossible to catalog all the new equalities demanded demand by the Liberal. Although many of them can be filed under the sub-category education, because by and large the educational establishment is somewhere to the left of the Sandinistas and therefore, there’s always some school or university ready to help the public spirited SFB push the envelope. And so we find the handicapped or rather as the Liberals prefer to say the “challenged”, being given extra time or enhanced facilities so that they may achieve a grade equivalent to the un-challenged. And how much extra time is fair? Well, as much as it takes. Educators not having reached the absurdity of providing the entire summer, a smart phone, an unlimited number of shout-outs and “do-overs” and an SAT riddled with “special” or “more relevant” questions like “how do you spell M.I.T.?” in order that the challenged achieve a score which will get them into that university, but that’s coming.
Indeed to modern educators the very idea of marks is anathema. Only required because in many cases the law requires it and society yet demands some measure, no matter how abused by educators, of student accomplishment. Instead Educators today believe that marks inevitably confers “ability status” on certain shining scholars in elementary or high school. A standing they feel unearned because no test can actually measure how much any one student knows about a subject . What does you ask? Well how about a “portfolio”, (what used to be called a scrapbook), of photos culled from magazines interspersed with a student’s scribblings which illustrate how much the young person was changed by the learning experience. What a more complete person they now are. Or how they “feel” about it.
Early for an appointment to speak to a group of parents which had a particular classroom reserved I was invited by a teacher still using the room to take a seat in the rear. Their session of “seminaring with students” had not quite wrapped up she explained but they would finish shortly. Apparently this was a discussion group in which physics students explained their feelings about a course for extra credit. I am not joking. In any event the event droned on and on with the teacher apparently oblivious to the fact that they were running over and parents accumulating in the hall outside. I was seated behind two snarky students who when the teacher finally brought the “seminaring” to end with the remark that while this “important exchange of views unfortunately had to end”, (evil look at me) it could continue in a wider arena if each would send her a note about that they learned about the course today. One of the students gave a interrogative look to the other and he whispered back “what I learned about Physics 2 today Mrs. _________ is that it’s too difficult for a stupid f—king airhead like you to understand” and the first guy nearly fell off his chair laughing.
So it’s not that the smarter student doesn’t understand what’s being done to them, they certainly do. It’s that meanwhile they’re missing out on the more difficult course material which would enrich their lives and the opportunity to see serious scholars at work, emulate them and let that work ethic take them anywhere they want to go.