“In every adult work and social environment in which I have been involved pleasant cooperation, reliability, dependability, and especially **competency** were the qualities that were valued. While there may have been competition with outside business competitors, competition within the group was NOT helpful in any manner.”
And everyone is promoted at the same time, and everyone makes the same salary, right? If you don’t think people compete within a company for salaries, positions, etc, you’re nuts.
“Would an adult willingly place himself in a situation where he would be humiliated and subjected to scorn? If an adult would find it very difficult to cope with this type of social abuse, why on earth would we think it is good for children? Perhaps it is the environment itself that is responsible for the lack of motivation.”
Nobody’s making them be lazy or forcing them not to study. It’s called a “consequence”. If people come to recognize, FROM YOUR ACTIONS, that you choose not to work, then so be it. It’s going to be that way for the rest of your life! The good part about it is, the kids completely forget about socioeconomic class, cliques, etc., and select ONLY based on the fact that someone might be a hard worker. In other words, they see the VALUE in a person where they otherwise might not. Conversely, sometimes best friends are passed over if they’ve shown lazy tendencies. But, it’s all up to the kid to work hard and create that value in himself, as it will be for the rest of their lives! That’s the way it SHOULD be! And as for blaming the environment, that’s just one of a long list of things that people use so they don’t have to hold the kids responsible. “It’s not the kid’s fault, its the environment”. If that were true, none of them would succeed.
Those who get promoted are those with the most competency ( they **know** their job), reliable, dependable, pleasant, and can generate the most productive cooperation among those working under them.
The typical prison-like government school is one of the worst places to learn the interpersonal skills needed to advance in business. The is one place that is definitely worse: real prison!
I am a cub scout leader. My little scouts LOVE to learn.
However.....Every one of them **HATES** school! It must be a visceral feeling for them. It shows on their faces when the very word, “school”, is mentioned.