As a late comment to last week's "rant" question, my Nice-Mom-In-Law said she would rant about "No Child Left Behind."
I was chatting about that with a friend this morning, and we ended up coming round to the idea that policies such as NCLB are symptomatic of a greater societal problem--we really don't allow people not to be good at certain activities anymore.
Don't misunderstand, I'm not arguing that every child shouldn't know how to read, write, and do at least basic math, and I'm not saying every child shouldn't be encouraged to try. But should everyone get a ribbon at the track meet, even the person who came in last place? Should everyone get a prize at the spelling bee, even the kid who didn't make it past the first round?
And to expand that thought, should everyone be asked to excel at academics or sports or whatever, even when it's apparent that a person's talents might lie elsewhere? And does pressuring someone who's not good at one thing to keep trying to do that thing deprive them of the chance to learn to do something they really might have a gift for?
In the spirit of that discussion, and for this week's poll:
What's something you're not good at? Was there a time you felt pressured to excel in that area despite the fact that you're just not good at it? Conversely, what's something you're good at? How does it all fit together for you?
Comment and discuss.