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Yes, Letting Resourceful Kids Live IS Unfair

March 8, 2010

The Blogprof brought us the following story:

I had to read this twice to make sure I was reading what I was reading. It’s true. A teacher wrote in to the Boston Globe regarding lockdowns such as when a shooter is known to be in the building. The teacher posits that instead of fleeing, which rewards resourceful children, all kids need to stay put in their seats as it will be more ‘fair’ when the bodybags are being stuffed, ie – the resourceful kids will have just as good a chance of getting shot and killed as the unresourceful. From the Boston Globe Letters to the Editor via, appropriately, moonbattery: Guns, teachers, and self-defense

I AM a math teacher at Brockton High School, the site of a school shooting earlier this month.

Current school security procedures lock down school populations in the event of armed assault. Some advocate abandoning this practice as it holds everyone in place, allowing a shooter easily to find victims.

An alternative to lockdown is immediate exodus via announcement. Although this removes potential hostages and makes it nearly impossible for the shooter to acquire preselected targets, it unfairly rewards resourceful children who move to safety off-site more shrewdly and efficiently than others.

It’s satire.  It HAS to be satire (PLEASE let it be satire)! Not even the wildest leftist would say everyone should have an equal chance to be shot.  Not out loud, at least!

The author is obviously pointing out the flaw in the “level playing field” argument and showing that all it really results in is harm to those who can do better than where the field is leveled at.  It’s the flaw in “No Child Left Behind” as well as pretty much every attempt to legislate “fairness” in any form whatsoever.

Sometimes being “fair” just isn’t fair.


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