Public Education

I do not have a clue who wrote this, so I don’t know who to credit, but I suspect they would like this thought to be shared, thus I am sharing. It is worth thinking about. This is a cute little story, but it says so much. It is the truth.

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama’s 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 Obama’s plan”. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

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.

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. As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. To their great surprise, ALL FAILED 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. It could not be any simpler than that.


24 responses to “Public Education

  1. To bad the professor doesn’t know what socialism is (he should be fired in fact for rank incompetence)…or he would know that Obama is as far from being a Socialist as I am from being an Australian…

    “Love thy neighbor as thyself…”


  2. Well, comparing with Sweden perhaps Obama is not a Socialist in an European way, as is the socialism in Sweden ( a right -winged Gov’t) , but children get anymore no grades at all!!!! A complete madhouse, with classes without grades.


    • Our Education system here in America is pathetic. Hand a kid a piece of paper and a pencil (on a high school level) and ask them to add 5 lines of (3 digit) numbers together; I would bet 9 out of 10 couldn’t do it manually. One blogger recently posted a video, and 8 out of 10 of those kids didn’t know who our vice President is. Asked to name a Country that started with an ‘U’ and they were stumped. How sad is that? Our children are being dumbed down on purpose, but more than that, I think the incentive to be the best we can be on an individual basis is diminishing. And that is what made America great to begin with … incentive & drive.


  3. Well, Sweden is more or less socialistic, desptite a right-winged Prime Minister, but all polls show that kiddos are getting poorer results all the time,no one can do any mathematics or etc, this is scientifically proved…..


    • People need incentive and a reward for their efforts to keep them motivated. I think the people, world wide are purposely being dumbed down and their incentive taken away, as a method of control. I used to have worlds of ambition, but over the past few years, I find myself angry at the establishment, the bank bailouts, and so on. I’ve diverted a lot of the attention I’d like to be giving to productive purposes, in making other people aware of what is happening in the shadows. If the Government can control the children, the next generation is theirs to manipulate as they please.


    • I think parents need to get more involved. There is so much we can teach our kids at home. My oldest grandson (10) got reprimanded for being too political knowledgeable recently for asking his teacher to explain the “Patriot Act” to him. The Patriot Act was passed shortly after 911, and removes a whole lot of our 4th amendment rights to privacy. Anyway, at 10, he shouldn’t have to worry about such things, but he’s heard the adults in the household talk about the corruption in Government. I explain things to him when he asks. Children should be taught about their rights and how our Government’s operate. One day, they will be suffering the consequences of the world we are leaving behind.


  4. It can’t be any clearer put then that. I shiver at those who feel that government should supply all their needs. Do they not understand that when a people are dependent upon their government to provide all for them, that they are nothing more than slaves to that government. Be well Marcy and as always, God Bless.


  5. To Coolfeline,
    At least a decade ago, grades were removed from 1st Class to( I don’t know exactly) to the 8th Class. In High School of course there are grades! Cheers


    • Thank you narvalur, I didn’t know what to tell Coolfeline.
      Here in the elementary schools they now use E for excellent, S for Satisfactory, N for Need Improvement, etc.


  6. I wouldn’t call President Obama a Socialist and definitely not in the sense of what the professor and his students did. Textbook Socialism is one thing, reality is another… Our Education system is as mixed and varied as we are. (Ditto our views on politics in the USA) Our schools are failing kids in some communities while lifting kids in others… As a parent of recent High School grads, I can tell you that the incentive to be the best we can be on an individual basis was paramount at my kids school.
    “But the beautiful thing about freedom is that we all have a right to our opinion.” I agree. πŸ˜‰


    • I have to disagree with you on Obama. I do think he is a Socialist. If he had his way, our Constitution would be a thing of the past. Just look at some of the bills that he has passed. The NDAA, being one of them. Too, the way our Government spends, and taxes is absurd. But while we still have the freedom to share ideas, we should do just that. You are lucky that you live in a school district that puts emphasis on actual education. I wish the public schools would put more focus on our Constitution and our founding papers. It seems like the principals on which America were founded are getting swept under the rug. I fear our Nation is losing its identity in favor of the NAU. We all need to be paying attention to what is happening behind the empty promises and lies spewed forth by the politicians wanting the power to ‘guide’ our Nation.


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