Socialism in the Classroom
economist worth his or her salt can explain why Socialism does not
work. Historians can cite example after example, all the way back to
the Pilgrims, of failed Socialist experiments. But, because people love
power and seek to be like little gods, they simply ignore the facts.
I visited my doctor the other day, he related an experiment conducted
by a college professor to explain why Socialism will never work. I
don’t know who this college professor was or is, but bless him!
experiment went like this. A professor kept hearing from his students
about the glories and wonders of Socialism and why it was the best way
to run an economy. Finally he said, “OK, I’ll implement Socialism right
here in the classroom.” The students were initially delighted.
next time he gave a test he announced that individual students would
not receive grades, but that he would average all the grades out and
give the same grade to all students. When the test results came in, he
averaged out the grades and everyone got a “B.” Well, the “A” students
were not very happy with this, but the less talented and less hard
working students thought it was great.
A few weeks later the
professor gave another test and again averaged the grades out. But this
time the average score was a “C.” The brighter and harder working
students realized that there was no reason to work hard if everyone was
going to get the same grade, and the lower half of the class saw no
reason to work hard as long as their poor performance would be improved
by those blessed with more gifts.
Eventually, the professor gave a
third test and this time the average score was barely a “D,” which made
everyone angry. The smarter students were now receiving horrible
grades and even the poorer students were getting grades below their
normal level. Everyone was mad at everyone. Performance had dropped
across the board.
Now, I don’t know if this story is factual or
apocryphal, but it certainly contains more than a grain of truth.
Socialism doesn’t work because it takes away the incentive to perform at
your highest possible level. Why work long hours and why work hard if
you are to be rewarded just the same as the laggard or the less
intelligent? Maybe that’s not the way it should be, but it’s the way
life really is.
Socialism doesn’t work for high performers or for
those at the bottom rung of the economic scale either. When the
economy is pushed down to a low level by the implementation of
Socialism, those at the bottom suffer the most.
Consider who has
been damaged the most by the current Socialist schemes. More than
200,000 people have been laid off in the hospitality industry since the
last election. Who do you think those folks are? They are the folks
that make the beds, vacuum the rooms, handle the luggage, work in the
kitchen, etc. It must have felt good to tell businesses that they
should not spend money on entertainment and conferences outside the
office, but the net result was to put people out of work. Socialism
pulls down the standard of living of all who are forced to live under
it, but it always hurts those at the bottom of the economic ladder the
Socialism doesn’t work in the classroom. It doesn’t work in sports. And it certainly doesn’t work in society.
Freedom works. Socialism, in all of its varieties, is a proven failure.