Whenever I start talking about how things ought to be, instead of how they are, I make people uncomfortable. And since I do this often, people are usually uncomfortable around me. Example: this morning.
I was discussing education with a co-worker who has a child. I was asking why schools spend more time and effort on the under performing kids than they do on the average and exceptional kids? In the ideal world, they would all be challenged. Yes, its harder to challenge a kid with a learning disability than an average kid. But its also much harder to challenge a gifted kid than an average one. And yet we spend all this time, money and effort on the “dumb” kids and next to nothing on the “talented” ones. I stated the obvious fact that this is silly. All the children should be equally challenged. Whether they’re the next greeter at WalMart or the next Einstein, they deserve to be challenged. Its only through challenge that a kid will find his/her potential.
Now, these kind of rants come naturally to me. They seem incredibly obvious so I don’t feel nervous talking about them with people. Yet people get really uncomfortable when I do. Why? Of course I have a theory.
We’ve been programmed to think that certain things are ok, and certain things are not. You are trained to feel good about the “accepted” things and feel bad when anyone suggests something that isn’t on the accepted list. In this particular case, we’ve been programmed to think that we should all bend over backwards for the under performing kids. And those “gifted” folks can fend for themselves, they’ve already been blessed and all. Anyone who suggests otherwise must be somehow strange, twisted, odd… me.
This is bullshit. Every kid should be challenged to the best of their ability, whatever that is. Each child should be treated equally. Telling smart kids to fend for themselves because they’re already smart is criminal. If this makes you feel uncomfortable, then you’re part of the problem.