Fuck this feel-good, everybody is special bullshit. Some kids ARE smarter. Some kids who aren’t smarter in math or history or gym are better spellers and love to be able to show off a little when they’re typically the butt of retard jokes between students. A little consequence free competition is a great motivational tool, and essential practice for a real world where not everybody can get their dream job, or even their second or third choices. Kids need to learn that things are competitive, and they need to be able to try and impress.
And who says it doesn’t make all the kids reach high standards? I remember spelling bees when I was in elementary school. For the few weeks leading up to it, the teachers tried teaching us the tricky words, more importantly, tried teaching us some of the syntactical rules to explain why ph sounds like f and irregular pluralization rules, and the kids who were interested (there were a good number) learned them with zeal, and genuinely learned something about English. The kids who really didn’t care about the spelling bee, or about grammar in general, didn’t learn, and the great fallacy that the NCLBA makes is that we can force these kids to care if we spend enough time with them at the sacrifice of the kids who will really want to learn and succeed. It was GREAT for the kids who wanted to learn, and no skin off the backs of the kids who didn’t.
No Child Left Behind has a different meaning among myself and my friends (many of whom are young recently hired or aspiring teachers): No Child Allowed To Get Ahead. No Child Able to Fulfill Their Potential (unless it’s at the standard mediocre level). The inevitable end of this miserable fucking atrocity is to make teachers teach to a test, not toward comprehension, and for kids to become robots who can perform on said test, and not at all learn critical thinking or real world performance. For the kids, it’s crushing any chance they have to learn what they’re good at and pursue it with zeal. Instead of a couple of genuine A kids in a class, a handful of Bs, a good number of mediocre Cs and the remaing sub-par Ds, we seem to just want every kid to be a solid C+. An improvement on the average? Maybe. An improvement for the kids that will one day run my government (talking behind the scenes, not the politicians. They’re definitely C material already), research disease, and make settling another planet viable before the big meteor destroys all life on earth? Hell no. It’d be SO MUCH BETTER to make them fucking mediocre like the rest, that way we won’t HURT THE FEELINGS of the underachievers.
In short, kids need to worry a little that they’re inferior to other students so they’ll try harder. Kids need to know that society will reward effort and achievement. Kids need to know, in the words of Fight Club’s Tyler Durden, “You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else.” Make some worth of the time you have and make your hulking meatsack learn more than your predecessors.
Fucking sensitive coddling bullshit.