Ben No.3 Posted March 22, 2017 Share Posted March 22, 2017 (edited) When talking about socialism, I often hear people bring up the "socialist classroom": a teacher redistributed the marks equally, and in the end, everyone lost motivation and grades fell endlessly. Well, my philosophy course (consisting of about 15 people) tried this. For us, it worked brilliantly. Let me say that while many (a bit more than half, others mostly liberal in the European sense) are certainly left wingers, anyone but me and one other girl is social democrat at max. It's lonely on the far left... the point of saying this is to show that this wasn't a bunch of socialist and communists trying to prove a point. Now, grades go from 0-15, 15 being the best. Before the experiment, the class average grade was between 10 and 11, with some below and very few spikes. Now, about came the socialist redistribution. First, we averaged at 11.6. After that, 9.7. Now, it became apparent that the "socialist order" created a dependence on one another. No one could be good unless everyone was good. And this lead to people helping one another out. The concept of only learning for yourself proved no longer viable. So people started helping each other a lot in class, and while I did not participate I know quite a few learning groups formed. Next test, everyone got around an 12 (11.78 I think). Yesterday, we received oral marks (which, in subjects like history, politics and also philosophy make up 50% of the total mark and is based on class participation). We ended up all getting a 14, which is the highest average the teacher ever gave a class. It appears, the "socialist classroom fails" concept is a myth. With the eatern holidays, the experiment comes to an end. I think we can declare it a success. Edited March 22, 2017 by Ben No.3 1 Everybody knows the deal is rotten Old Black Joe's still pickin' cotton For your ribbons and bows And everybody knows Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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