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It is nonsensical to expect equal outcomes in education

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To The Daily Sun,

The late French author-philosopher-anarchist, Albert Camus, had it right when he said, "For the people has always been the alibi of tyrants. And is has the further advantage of giving them a good conscience."

I find it interesting that some people on the left politically, often try to relabel the more distasteful political organizations as "right-wing," even though those organizations were founded on socialist, or left-wing ideals. For example, Nazi Germany and Communist Russia were founded as socialists who were going to bring equality to all but, somehow, it didn't work out that way. Many of today's liberals cannot acknowledge those foundations and therefore set about re-labeling them as "right-wing."

As the old adage goes, if you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it to be the truth. Seems like Mr. Vazzana has been sold on the idea that if the "left" fails, that's okay, just re-name it the "right."

In his letter to The Daily Sun on Saturday, Mr. Vazzana cites a professor who lived in Germany in the 1930s, who posited that those who believed in absolute equality as desirable, would naturally be further left on the ideological spectrum, and those who considered inequality unavoidable or even desirable, would be on the right. I think that's a fairly accurate statement . . . not that it's right, just accurate.

We are all born with a different set of genes. Some are smarter than others. Others may be more athletic. Some may be gifted in certain academic areas. A number will be diligent in their work habits while others are satisfied with sloth. Comparisons that show how "unequal" we are to one another abound. Expecting equal outcomes is nonsense. In school, papers are graded on a curve. College admissions are largely based on test scores. Businesses rate and rank managers based on a performance bell curve. Athletes earn based on their performance, and so on. In my view, we will all be measured based on what we did with the gifts we were given, the ultimate bell curve, if you will.

None of us can accept responsibility for another choosing sloth over effort. Only the person who makes that choice is responsible. Take a look at what we spend on education, and what the results are. If Washington D.C. spends over $14,000 per student per year, but has a drop-out rate in the 50 percent range, who is responsible? If Chicago pays many of its teacher in excess of $100,000 per year and test scores are abysmal, who is responsible? If our country struggles to reach a high school graduation rate of 70 percent, who is responsible? And if colleges need remedial classes to teach incoming freshmen how to read, who is responsible?

The family and the individual. Pay attention to what Camus said.

Bob Meade