Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Development Of Common Sense III / 11 Pieces Of Wisdom From Bill Gates - Part 8



Song:  Liberi Fatali

Music:  FF VIII




This is the eighth article on Bill Gates' 11 rules to school children.


Bill Gates'...


Rule #8:  Your school may have done away with winners and losers...
but life HAS NOT.  In some schools, they have abolished failing grades
and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer.
This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.




My perspective:



All of life is based upon a meritocracy...
rewards given for intelligently applied efforts
to achieve goals in the most efficient and effective manner.

NO group or society will progress without this as its foundation.


How is it possible that adults do not see this?

How is it possible that whole societies must fail 
on a massive and deadly scale...
time and again...
before they finally realize the great folly
of their upside down ideology?


How is it possible...
in the face of clear logical connections...
of clear empirical evidence throughout history...
that many people still do not see this?


In order for such illogical inferencing to take place on a massive scale...
such as in educational institutions...
their logical argument MUST hinge on the false definition of the word:
(and so, the setting up of a false premise)

FAIRNESS.

Fairness...
 is falsely believed to be that all must be equal at all times...
and under all circumstances...
therefore...no winners...and no losers...
no matter the level of intelligence or effort given...
no matter the amount of investment of personal time and energy expended.

For this to be true...
the world would HAVE to operate at the level of
the lowest common denominator.

CLEARLY NOT!

You would have a world with no incentive to improve...
no passion...no mission in life...
and so...no progress.

True fairness...
lies in the positive reinforcement...
of positive results.

It is in the appropriate rewards given for 
intelligent and guided efforts 
in the achievement of specific goals...
and the ability to keep that which is earned
without parasites stealing from them...
those who go through life not earning their way...
but merely enjoying the fruits of the labors
 of all those who had invested their resources
for a better life for themselves and their progeny.


It is in the concept of fairness upon which justice is built.

It is upon justice that policies, rules, laws...
and social mores are justified, and through which
society attempts to govern all under its influence or control.


Therefore...
if the results in society are to be positive...
the same rules which apply in that society (real life)...
must be adhered to in the training and education
of all the, soon to be, participants of that society.


Battles...
are won or lost in the training halls.

The higher quality the training...
the higher quality the warrior.


To have a school teach that it is not his performance...
but merely his good intent, which matters...
is to teach a warrior that it is not the 
accurate placement of his strikes
or the power behind it...which are important.

To not have a warrior train for quality performance...
is to not have him perform with quality in battle.

A warrior without quality in battle...
is one being sent into battle unprepared.

A warrior who is being sent unprepared for battle...
is a warrior being sent to his own slaughter.

This is not only bad for the individual warrior...
it is bad for the society which depends upon the sum actions
of all of their warriors' performances in battle.

Quality of performance can only be assured
through the quantification of the performance.

Therefore...
grades must be assigned if there is to be any way of knowing
where a problem lies...so it may be corrected...
BEFORE battle.


Need this be said?

For ANY problem to be corrected...
you must first identify that there is one...
and where it lies.


Make no mistake about it...
life is about intellectual combat.

The world is the arena.

The training halls which are supposed to prepare
these intellectual warriors for mortal combat...
MUST train them as realistically as possible...
if they are to survive...and flourish.


In real life...
their performances are strictly quantified...
and their economic survival IS heavily dependent
upon the quality of their performance.


For the child to believe that all performances
may be repeated without penalty
(allowed to keep trying for a correct answer in a test)...
is to have a warrior believe that he may absorb
multiple mortal wounds without dying.

He will, therefore, not learn to...
make his strikes true...
ensure his guard is up...
fully develop his tactics to ensure victory.

He will go into battle having been taught that
all he need do is repeatedly perform wild strikes 
without regard to the negative repercussions which would 
naturally ensue with such careless actions
(ease of his opponent to counter strike).


Simply put...
the way to mediocrity
lies in the elimination of positive reinforcement for positive results...
and the way to effectively do so... 
is to praise mediocrity equally as well as quality performance.



The world doesn't care about intent...
it doesn't care about feelings...
it cares only of performance.

The rewards in life go to those who can perform
in the most efficient and effective manner...
time and again...
without fail.


What must be instilled in a child if he is to succeed...
is the notion of positive rewards for positive results
(through positive reinforcement)...
that the way to achieve positive results is through
mastery of the knowledge needed to achieve those results...
and that mastery may be achieved through 
the quantity of quality practice.

A logical chain of cause and effect...
is then established.

With this established...
the way to positive rewards...
and so, happiness in life...
becomes self apparent...
and in accordance with reality.



















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