Here in Massachusetts there are several school systems which have decided to do away with the class ranking system. The only student who will know how they finished in regards to the other students will be the person who finishes number one. We have to question the wisdom of this.
We consistently remove incentives from our younger generations. We want to make everyone feel good by removing any measure which will distinguish one student from another, after all we don’t want the person to finish last to feel bad. We no longer reward excellence, instead we reward mediocrity. We play sports without keeping score, we have schools which no longer assign letter grades to students and now, we no longer will rank students.
What do we accomplish by doing this? Our children will no longer know what it is like to compete, to win or to lose. They will no longer learn how to strive to make themselves better, to succeed. All this will accomplish will be to bring everyone down to the same level, the same as unions do, where everyone works to the lowest producer. Is this what we want our children to be?
What happens when your son or daughter goes out into the real world and can’t get a job because they have never had to compete or measure themselves up against someone else? They will expect to just be given a job because that is what they have learned. And when they do get a job, what will happen when they have to make a deadline or meet a certain goal? They won’t know how to do it because they have never had to.
Competition is good. If you know where you rank in your class, this should be an incentive for you to either stay on the top or climb up. Unfortunately, it is up to the parents to incentivize their children, a skill which is sorely lacking in today’s world, as it has been for some time now. Without knowing for sure, it is probably safe to assume that the majority of parents leave it to someone else to do this, more than likely the teachers. And of course if a teacher were to single out one person who has done well, some other child would complain to their parent or guardian and the teacher would then be disciplined for not being fair.
It is interesting that a society which is constantly imploring us to celebrate diversity wants us all to be the same. If we continue to reward mediocrity and not celebrate excellence, we will continue to lag behind other countries whose children thrive on being the best. We will no longer (some will argue we have already reached this point) by the leader in the world in education, commerce, technology or any other discipline, instead we will be no better than a third world country.
Don’t allow your school systems to eliminate class rankings from your child’s school. Stand up to the progressive agenda to bring everyone down to the same level.
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Copyright Paul Roy 2011