Classroom Socialism

I agree with this.

An economics teacher at a local school made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Gillard/Brown  socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The teacher then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on the Gillard/Brown plan”. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the teacher told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
It could not be any simpler than that.
 
Remember, there IS a test coming up. The next election.
 
These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation. -Received via forwarded email, original source unknown.

I didn’t write this but I found it interesting and wanted to share it. Particularly with the current socialist movements that seem to be making allot of noise these days with calls for ‘Wealth Equality’.

2 thoughts on “Classroom Socialism

  1. Martin Klíma

    What this story describe is Comunism, not Socialism. And also, there is missing one really good idea (why even teoreticky Comunism can work) and it was change wealth motivation for something else. It turn out be not really succesful bat it has some points.

    For example in this class – if students was interested in this subject, they will learn by them self, not for marks. If they do so, most of them will get A or B, the most slow will get D for test, bat it will teoreticly work.

    Bat in real world, students not interested in their subject, they don't want to learn this things, so they must be forced to do it and there is the break point. If someone is forced, it always must be price for best and some punishment for weak.

    I'm not shure, if I clear up my thougths bat I try to. In conclusion, nothing is really pure how someone can see it and also Comunism != Socialism.

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  2. Rick Ballan

    This experiment is flawed from the start. It comes from a terrible misunderstanding of what socialism or Marx really says. A more correct analogy would be that one student was getting all A's because he/she owned the board that did the marking. All other subjects that do not have a direct bearing on economics receive C's. These subjects include philosophy, art, maths and science. Further, all of the other students were forced to write essays for the one receiving all the A's so while they do all the work, the "A" student receives the lions share of benefits.

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