Thursday, September 29, 2011
A Place Uncrowded
I have been thinking lately, and forgive me if this comes across too harsh, but I feel like
needs a wake up call. This country was
founded on principles of hard work, moral values, and responsibility. I am not saying it always ran well, but the mere
idea that doing the right thing and accepting responsibility have been corner
keystones in this democracy where WE THE PEOPLE assume responsibility for our
This thought brought me to the pondering why, then, do we allow mediocrity to thrive? Why have we said it is ok to push the blame? You may ask what brought this to my attention. Knowing my academic background you may think it is the state of the economy or the fact that there are problems in
Iran or even
the uprisings in Libya and . Alas, although those things trouble me, that
have not been what has awakened me. Serbia
I was talking with a co-worker earlier this week who informed me her son’s English teacher has come to the conclusion it is ok for students to write essays in text logo as long as they make sense. Due to the idea that the Obama administration has been pushing math and science as the fields to enter, the English teacher feels writing is a dying practice. I don’t work in a field where I write a lot, but I work in a field where I correspond with legal officials on a daily basis; moreover, I must write coherently and cohesively when billing to support the bill that is going out. I have friends who work in law enforcement and others as engineers and they, too, must write to support their ideas. Which brings me to the question, why text writing, if not ok in a professional field, is alright in an educational one, where we prepare our students for the professional field? My only conclusion is we have given up and believe that mediocrity is the new star in which to reach.
Further, when talking with an acquaintance who will be attending a Halloween party this year in which the theme is stories, I suggested she read the story from which her character originated. Most fairy tales as scary (just pick up a Brothers Grimm if you do not believe me), so it is kind of fun to read them again this time of year. She informed it was too much work because she doesn’t read. When someone else suggested she start reading more to improve her vocabulary, she simply looked as if that was too much work. Why have we said it is ok to not challenge ourselves to be better? I believe the answer is because we do not want to take on the responsibility of following through with our actions.
This leads me to my next point. We have gotten so use to mediocrity that when held to the standard of responsibility we shift the blame to others or pretend as though we did not know something. I think Reliant K said it best when they sang, “The truth is excuses are lame. Accept the consequence, accept the blame.” We are not perfect and mistakes happen, but we can not allow ourselves to learn if we shift responsibility, if we say mediocrity is ok.