In a gruesome development of events, Terri Bryant, principal of the Wilson Intermediate School in Marlvern (AK), put to be sacrificed an 11-year old named Demias Jimerson in the “Self-esteem, Fairness and Political Correctness” Altar. Jimerson apparent offense consisted in scoring lots of touchdowns for his undefeated team.
Bryant applied an obscure “Madre Hill Rule” that prevents real sports geniuses to keep from scoring and developing as naturally as possible, so his fellow players can have a chance at developing, too. Apparently, in Malvern the notion of “setting the bar high” is completely unknown.
Jimerson said he was “shocked” at the rule, but that he was “OK with it.” That means, Demias Jimerson already shrugged. Way to go, principal!
In the end randism is very close to social Darwinism to me, but one has to wonder if the old lady wasn’t completely wrong when she advocated for the most talented to thrive. After all, Ayn Rand detested all what the Soviet Union stood for and fled from her homeland after the first given opportunity.
If you doubt that Bryant’s “Madre Hill Rule” is wrong, consider this: John Lennon, leader of the Quarrymen was dubitative about letting Paul McCartney into his band. This kid was too good; he could tune up his guitar by himself! Anyway, John asked him to join the band. In the interim, John learned among other things, how to play properly his guitar (he only knew banjo chords until then), and started a secret competition with Macca in the guise of a friendship, which paid huge dividends after several years, as you may know.
The lesson of this anecdote is that Lennon could have stayed on his own and maybe find some success by himself, but it took a close competitor to take the best out of him. Why couldn’t Jimerson’s teammates achieve the same? Why do they need to be protected from this awesome display of talent?
The educational system everywhere is seriously indicted when it permits that the truly gifted are being held back to make the rest feel better by not being challenged. This is another symptom of a big disease that cripples the future in the name of being non-competitive, and to foster a fake auto-esteem that doesn’t shelter the children from anything the real world has to unleash on all of us.
As Bob Parr, a.k.a. Mr. Incredible said, they are always finding ways to celebrate mediocrity. Indeed.
- Demias Jimerson, Arkansas Football Prodigy, Banned From Scoring More Touchdowns (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
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- Demias Jimerson, 11, Penalized for Being “Too Good” (inquisitr.com)
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- What the ‘Madre Hill Rule’ Teaches Kids about Life | CNSnews.com (trutherator.wordpress.com)
- Demias Jimerson already shrugged (paulmarsic.wordpress.com)