I'm up late reading. And I found something that just had to be shared from the book "Leadership and the One Minute Manager" by Ken Blanchard. On page 33 it reads "There is nothing so unequal as the equal treatment of unequals."
Wow, what a perfect description of public education's one-size-fits-all model. I loved it even more because of the way it combats today's notion that EVERYONE is entitled to the same treatment and same outcome in this country regardless of your individuality and personal desire and work ethics.
The idea that we all have to have equal outcomes and that we all have to have equal access to every so-called "entitlement"out there is ludicrous in my view. The only equality we have is that we are equally valued in the sight of God, and we all have unlimited potential to achieve even the most lofty of ambitions.
There is no person or organization that is "too big to fail"; No race, no religion, no creed, no human condition that entitles an individual to endless sums of public money.
When we "level the playing field' so much that no one person can be distinguished for their ability to excel, to achieve, to thrive, and flourish; when we have been so stripped of our individuality and prepackaged as identical wards of the all-powerful state, then I believe we cease to possess the very traits and characteristics that make us priceless members of the incredible human family. It is our God given uniqueness, individuality that makes us who we are.
For the most part, we all come to this human experience with a different set of divinely devised talents and abilities. It only follows, then, that we will be afforded the opportunity to express that individuality in ways that result in varying degrees of "success", what ever that may mean to the individual. Declaring (no mandating) that each person be forced into sameness, is direct opposition to the Creator's plan for personal choice and responsibility for one's choices.
And while I believe that it is also our duty to care for those who are unable to care for themselves, it most certainly is NOT my responsibly to ensure the equal outcome of financial success for the general population.
Ok, I'm done lecturing. I'm off to bed.