Quote of the Day – On Circumstances and Freedom and Perseverance

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.  Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”  – Viktor Frankl, Holocaust Survivor

Why Are Schools Ending Valedictorian Title?

It’s happening all across America:

CLICK HERE to watch the story on our local WHAS11 ABC affiliate.

Looking for a more “inclusive system” the schools are using the excuse that kids are supposedly gravitating to easier classes in order to get better grades.

Well, duh?  The solution to this is to change the way you grade certain classes.  Don’t count the easy electives like PE or even entry level classes toward the overall grade.  Instead of being more “inclusive,” if this is such a problem, they should make it harder.  Make the top spots in the class even harder to achieve.

In this local case, the schools are planning to recognize the “top 10% of the class.”  As if our kids don’t already receive enough recognition.  They get ribbons and trophies for just successfully breathing these days, if this system of inclusiveness and coddeling that’s been around for the last two decades hasn’t started working by now, I doubt this final step to the homogenization of student achievement is actually going to spare any feelings or promote any higher levels of readiness for our students.

Life is hard.  Achievement gets rewarded.  Failure has consequences.  Not everyone can be “above average.”  It’s time for our schools to return to teaching kids that great old underrated lesson:  “Suck it up buttercup.”

A Bitter Taste to a Difficult Choice

Didn’t see this coming.  The Richmond Times Dispatch has endorsed Libertarian Gary Johnson for President.

I’m not surprised they didn’t endorse Clinton.  The Times-Dispatch is widely known as one of the few respected conservative leaning papers in the country.  They are also extraordinarily fair and accurate in their reporting process.

I don’t see this as an endorsement of any particular policy articulated by Gary Johnson, but rather as a “protest vote” of sorts on the part of the paper.

It goes to show just how confused this election season has been. It’s going to be a tough decision for a lot of Americans and no matter what they do, the majority will probably be holding their noses.

I’ll just say one thing here. We get the candidates and the leaders we deserve. This year’s terrible choice is not something that happened overnight. It’s the result of decades of American ignorance and apathy when it comes to self governance. We would do well to remember that next time around….assuming we’ll get another shot at this.