17.2.04

JUST SUCK IT UP. All have won, and all must be given prizes, right? No. Joanne Jacobs links to two excellent articles, one reviewing the excess of positive reinforcement particularly in well-to-do precincts, another arguing on the basis of some supporting evidence that tougher teachers produce more learning.

Sometimes, including today, one simply has to give The Talk. Today's sermon: you don't pay large sums of money for an economics textbook to treat it like a coffee-table book. The warning: demonstrate the abilities of an average person. You're likely to discover your job has been offshored. And how easy is it to discover an average person? Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt (details or compare prices) puts it very simply. Average people cut corners.

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