Simple School Lesson

I am not posting this story to bash on Obama. I believe that this country has been drifting toward socialism for a while now and this story is a simple, yet powerful and truthful example of the effects of socialism. Family First Entrepreneurs thrive in an environment when they can see and feel a reward for their hard work and smart business decisions and we need to maintain a climate in this country where this can happen.


Read and absorb.... it says a lot and it tells you about our future if we stay on this same path.

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 ok, 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.

Could not be any simpler than that.........

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Pete, I have to agree with

Pete, I have to agree with you, I think that there is more than one lesson to be taken from this story.  I was actually ready to jump in and agree with the original post, and I applaud you for your comment.  As a former teacher, mother of 4 boys and current Educational Consultant, I actually reacted so strongly to this that I posted a blog on this topic that led to another blog, expanding on the implications of this kind of thinking on NCLB. 

Marc, I look forward to reading your book.

This just seems to me like an

This just seems to me like an object lesson in how a group of people who failed to organize failed to accomplish a goal. It's too simplistic a situation to say anything realistic about a whole system a nation might adopt. People facing a challenge that can only be met by working together need to communicate and organize in some way to meet that challenge. They might organize themselves as a partnership and share equally in the results. They might organize themselves as a hierarchy, specialize in different aspects of the challenge, and share unequally. There are many ways to do it, but they all depend on meeting the challenge together when it's something none of them can do individually. There are many challenges like this, from building an automobile to defending a community to singing in a choir. The story has nothing to do with "socialism" -- it was the bickering of the class, not the situation, that created the failure. 



Great example, Marc!  Thanks

Great example, Marc!  Thanks for sharing!

Fascinating story Marc,

Fascinating story Marc, thanks so much for sharing it. 

It's that darned "human nature" that gets us every time, isn't it?  Seems like a great way for things to happen, if only people didn't tend to act exactly as this class did.

Hmmmmmm...thoughts to ponder...



 What a great, simple

 What a great, simple encapsulation of the primary reason why socialism will fail: human nature.  I forwarded this along to a friend of mine who is as socialist as they come.

...Who knows maybe he'll even change his mind, though I doubt it.  At the very least you've given the socialists out there like my friend some nice food for thought.