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The Professor who failed his entire class
Glen Meakem ^ | Glen Meakem

Posted on 07/26/2009 1:14:24 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class.

That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that if enacted, no one would be poor and no one would be rich. It would be a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan.”

The Professor decided that all grades would be averaged together and everyone would receive the same grade. No one would fail, but no one would receive an A either.

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone received a B.

The students who studied hard were upset, but the students who studied little were happy.

As a result of the averaged grade, both the students who studied hard as well as the students who studied little decided to study even less for the second exam.

The average score this time was a D and no one was happy.

When the 3rd exam rolled around, the average score was an F.

The scores never increased and students blamed each other for the overall poor performance of the class. No one wanted to study hard for the benefit of another student.

To their great surprise, all students failed the course. The professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when the government takes all of the reward away, no one will try hard or want to succeed.

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TOPICS: Society; Word For The Day
KEYWORDS: bhohealthcare; healthcare; obamacare; socializedmedicine; talkradio; tragedyofthecommons
I do believe this is not a true tale. It doesn't matter. That isn't the point. The point as far as I can tell is to illustrate how stealing from one group and giving to another is a sure fire path to disaster.
1 posted on 07/26/2009 1:14:24 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

If it were true, he’d be sued and unemployed and the talking heads would be dining on his reputation.


2 posted on 07/26/2009 1:16:50 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The revolution IS being televised.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
This reminds me of the story Rush Limbaugh tells every Thanksgiving about how The Pilgrims first arranged their society upon arriving in The New World.

Everything was put into a "common store" which anyone could take from as he or she saw fit.

It wasn't long before people realized their were able-bodied men who didn't lift a finger to produce anything but didn't hesitate to take from the store.

They eventually decided that every family would get a plot of land and whatever was produced on that land could be dispensed as the producer saw fit.

Long story short; problem fixed.

3 posted on 07/26/2009 1:21:03 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

I like that story whether it is true or not. Bookmarked.


4 posted on 07/26/2009 1:22:56 PM PDT by Pinkbell
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
They should have taken socialism to its inevitable end: Shoot the lazy, bad students for being enemies of the revolution and shoot the good students who try to make a run to the registrar's office to drop the class to escape.
5 posted on 07/26/2009 1:23:55 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (As a child Obama was rejected from Little League because of lack of a birth certificate.)
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To: Pinkbell

feel free to show others.

Any way you slice it it’s very illustrative.


6 posted on 07/26/2009 1:29:54 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Is MSNBC staged?)
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To: Pinkbell

I agree, this would actually show students the real effects of socialism. This reminds me of the time that I was telling my Mom about an Honor Roll assembly that we had been invited to for the kids. She said she didn’t think having an assembly to honor the smart kids was fair to the other kids that didn’t make honor roll. I said, “ MOM, if the other kids want to go to the assembly, they need to work as hard as my kids do to make good grades!” G-d bless her Democrat soul.


7 posted on 07/26/2009 1:33:35 PM PDT by brwnsuga (Proud, BLACK, Beautiful, Conservative!!!)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
This is a variant of the "tragedy of the commons" story usually told in econ 101.

Very few students understand it until they start paying their own way.

8 posted on 07/26/2009 1:33:48 PM PDT by muir_redwoods ( How come when I press "1 for English" I still can't understand what's being said?)
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To: Texas Eagle

The Pilgrim story was true...hence the first attempt at a “commonwealth” in this country....the professor story, not so true other than than the principle being illustrated.


9 posted on 07/26/2009 1:36:02 PM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

My daughter’s chemistry professor told that same story in class, when the students were begging him to “curve the grades”. After that, there was no more talking about curving, everybody studied and did the best he/she could!


10 posted on 07/26/2009 1:39:45 PM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

So, you are saying that central planning doesn’t make the population wealthy? Interesting...


11 posted on 07/26/2009 1:41:09 PM PDT by Cheap_Hessian
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
No one would fail, but no one would receive an A either.

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When the 3rd exam rolled around, the average score was an F.

I thought no one would fail?

12 posted on 07/26/2009 1:49:20 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Straight Vermonter

If an F is both the highest as well as the lowest, it is by definition not a failure. It’s equal.

It’s the bigotry of low expectations.

Welcome to the brave new world where everybody deals in reward free opportunities


13 posted on 07/26/2009 1:54:03 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing (Is MSNBC staged?)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
An excellent tale to explain the inherent problems with socialism.....

Perfect for college students...explains it without sounding like you are preaching...... Should be published in every college paper!

14 posted on 07/26/2009 2:04:28 PM PDT by Kiss7
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Love it!!!


15 posted on 07/26/2009 2:42:06 PM PDT by aShepard ("OK Class: repeat after me: "BUSH BAD- OBAMA SAVIOR OF MANKIND")
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Great lesson. I hope his students understood it.


16 posted on 07/26/2009 2:53:46 PM PDT by TBP
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To: Straight Vermonter

Good observation...the prof. was a liar...


17 posted on 07/26/2009 3:17:14 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: goat granny

Or maybe he was just taking on the role of your standard socialist.


18 posted on 07/26/2009 3:21:14 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
when the government takes all of the reward away, no one will try hard or want to succeed

I was talking to a friend of mine's little girl the other day. I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up and she replied, "I want to be President!"

Both of her parents are liberal Democrats and were standing there.

So then I asked her, "If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?"

She replied, "I'd give houses to all the homeless people."

"Wow - what a worthy goal."

I told her, "You don't have to wait until you're President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow, pull weeds, and sweep my yard, and I'll pay you $50. Then I'll take you over to the grocery store where this homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward a new house."

Since she is only 6, she thought that over for a few seconds.

While her Mom glared at me, she looked me straight in the eye and asked, "Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?"

And I said, "Welcome to the Republican Party."

19 posted on 07/26/2009 4:03:42 PM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
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To: MosesKnows
And I said, "Welcome to the Republican Party."

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Heh. :)

20 posted on 07/26/2009 4:05:18 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Texas Eagle

**This reminds me of the story Rush Limbaugh tells every Thanksgiving about how The Pilgrims first arranged their society upon arriving in The New World.**

That story comes from Governor Bradford’s Journals.. the Thanksgiving story is true... about the teacher.. maybe/maybe not... I had one THREATEN to do that... but the liberals in class whined too much.


21 posted on 07/26/2009 6:54:05 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's 1984 - To Conservatives, a WARNING - to Liberals, a TEXTBOOK!)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

Thanks for posting. This something that should be required reading in every classroom. The students might just understand something like this. A lesson could be learned.


22 posted on 07/26/2009 7:15:17 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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