On radio this morning, Glenn played one of the most agonizing news reports you will ever hear. After learning of a pizza and dance party for straight-A students at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring, Maryland, a local reporter headed to the school to get reaction from students and parents. What happened next was mindboggling, as the reporter shamed the straight-A students for being rewarded for their efforts.
Watch the WTTG report below:
“I can't take it… Stop. Stop. Stop,” Glenn said exasperatedly. “Even the A-students didn't think it was all that right. Probably because they have been indoctrinated from the very beginning in socialist tendencies, and beyond that they've got a reporter sticking a microphone in their face and going, ‘Do you think that's right?’ They're [sixth] graders… I don't know!”
Beyond the unprofessional and leading questions posed by the reporter, there is a larger issue at play here. As Glenn explained, all students are not punished when one kid acts out and gets detention. So why would all kids be rewarded when one student performs better than everyone else?
“You know what’s so weird? If they continue to look into this, I'll bet you that not all students are invited to be in detention. Isn't that weird? Not everybody is allowed into detention. That's weird,” Glenn quipped. “It's called punishment… Or in this case it's called incentive… Job well done… What a concept. What kind of nutty, outdated extremist, concepts is this school teaching? It's pretty radical, isn't it? If your grades are not up to snuff, you don't get an invitation at all. You see what I'm saying?”
This mindset that everyone deserves a participation trophy just for showing up has crept into our schools as well. When it comes to the progressive goal of fundamentally transforming America, teaching our youth that equal opportunity and equal outcome are one in the same is dangerous:
This is progressive, Marxist, bull crap indoctrination. This is equal outcome indoctrination. This is your fundamental transformation of the United States of America… This is the secret of life: There are people who are willing to do things that you are not willing to do…
I was here last Friday. And I walked through this office. Everything is shut up. There's like only three people here. Now, it's 9:30 on a Friday night. And I come in. I noticed what three people were here. I know who they are. And if you don't think that the first in and the last out are noticed, they are… I could go through this whole building and say, ‘This person puts in an awful lot of time’… Doesn't mean they're all going to rise to the top… but I will tell you, they have a better shot at making it. Not because I've seen them, but because they are innovating all the time. The ones who are at work and, you know, get up in the middle of the night and say, ‘I couldn't sleep last night. I had to come in and I had to finish this.’ Those are the people that excel. Now, you don't have to choose that. And life does not require you to do that. But a certain level of success does require you to do that…
America was founded on the principles of merit… This is exactly what your kid should be learning in school. Merit. Merit. And if they're not learning that, it is time to find a school that does. Or quite honestly, and I know this sounds crazy, but if you can't find a school that will teach merit and accomplishment and eternal truths, then you've got to go start one because that's who Americans are. When you see a problem and you say, ‘Somebody has to fix it,’ stop saying ‘somebody’. Fix it! Because that's how we fix our country.