A Bot Is Better Than ‘Education’ Bureaucrats

by Don Boudreaux on January 14, 2023

in Country Problems, Education, Not from the Onion

After reading, at Cafe Hayek, passages from George Will’s superb column on the extreme wokism at what was once an excellent government school – wokism that calls for “equal outcomes for every student, without exception” – David Mohler sent to me the following e-mail. I share Mr. Mohler’s e-mail here with his kind permission.

Hi Don,

I put your writing prompt about the Fairfax school district’s equal outcome policy into Chat GPT. The output:

A school policy that guarantees equal outcomes for every student, without exception, would have wide-ranging practical implications. This type of policy would fundamentally change the way that school activities are run and could have a significant impact on the educational experience of students.

Academically, this policy would mean that all students would be guaranteed the same grades, regardless of their abilities or efforts. This would eliminate the traditional concept of merit, where students are rewarded for their hard work and achievement. Instead, every student would be given the same outcome, regardless of their performance. This could lead to a decrease in motivation among students and could also create challenges for teachers who would have to find new ways to engage and motivate students.

In extracurricular activities, this policy would mean that all students would be guaranteed the same level of participation and success. For example, in a track meet, all students would be guaranteed the same time or distance, regardless of their abilities or efforts. This would eliminate the traditional concept of competition and would likely decrease motivation and engagement among students. Additionally, coaches would have to find new ways to motivate and engage students, while also ensuring that all students are guaranteed the same outcome.

In summary, a school policy that guarantees equal outcomes for every student, without exception, would have wide-ranging practical implications. It would fundamentally change the way that school activities are run, could decrease motivation and engagement among students, and create challenges for teachers and coaches. It is important for school officials to consider these implications before implementing such a policy.

Even a bot has more sense than the Fairfax admin.

Cheers,
David Mohler

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