November 29, 2010
ANN ALTHOUSE: Standardized testing has embarrassed teachers into facing the fact that they’ve been grading kids for compliance and pleasing. “Students need to be decently well-behaved, diligent, and organized, but it’s wrong to treat teacher’s-pet-type students as if they are the best. That drives many smart kids into rebellion. And, frankly, it’s likely to create unnecessary problems for lots of boys. And it doesn’t do girls any favors either, since real careers aren’t about handing in all the homework and pleasing the authority figure.” Well, with the arrival of socialism that’ll change. Socialism places a very high premium on the ability to suck up, which explains why it’s so popular with those who excel at giving or receiving that suckage.