27 February 2013

The Sickness of Equality

Given all the money we’re spending on truancy officers, online credit recovery, counselors [sic] to spot missing transcripts just to push kids through to a diploma, we might just want to consider teaching low ability kids less at a slower pace and stop pretending that they have a “deficit” that can be addressed by college level work and high expectations. We could create a hell of a curriculum for high school kids using nothing more than 8th grade math and vocabulary.
But we won’t do that for the same reason we won’t track, and for the same reason that adminstrators [sic] are spending a fortune coaxing kids back to school: namely, the racial distribution would make everyone wince.

It is observably true that people are not equal in any materialist sense.  We each have different skills, interests, abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.  We care about different things, to differing degrees.  We have different limitations.  The sick conceit of equality is that this observable reality is but a lie that the privileged tell the lower class to keep them in their place.

The truth, though, is that we are all different.  We all have different abilities.  Acting like all people would end up the same if they just had the same opportunities (which they never well, no matter how hard anyone tries) is simply evil.  For, by acting like everyone has the exact same abilities and limits, egalitarians push those who are less talented to go beyond their limits.  In so doing, those who are less talented end up squandering what little talent they have.