Saturday, April 4, 2009

A Perfect Illustration

Is it just me or was this professor extremely wise in doing this?

Note: I don't know who to credit this story to, as I received it in an email. But just so you know- I didn't write it. :)

An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class.

That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said okay, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism.

All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.

After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little..

The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F.

The scores never increased as bickering, blame, name calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but when government takes all the reward away; no one will try or want to succeed.


The Kendalls said...

i'm a huge fan of this. and my sister goes to tech! i'll have to ask her about it.

B said...

i would have to say that definitely that story is a great example for the point you're trying to make but i hope your realize there are stories that would make you want to champion the other side too because anyone can create an example that makes sense for both sides...

d.a.r. said...

Absolutely freakin' genius!

The Ratpack said...

Love it! So true!