You know the next time I hear some dickhead equate calls for an examination of the race/sex wage/position gaps and criticism of the bell curve which can see multiple students who all got the same number of answers right on a math test receive different grades impacting how their education and by extension their work ethic and overall competence is perceived which often has a direct and dire effect on their academic and professional future - systemic allowances and normalization of unequal compensation for equal measurable accomplishment - with a participation award I’m just going to ask what they call it when you have to give an automatic passing grade to the kid that writes down that earthquakes and disease come from God when he’s mad at gay people requiring no further explanation and all of recorded history is unknowable save for the content of the Bible because you weren’t there on a test so they don’t feel discriminated against for being demonstrably and emphatically wrong or flat out refusing to take part in certain lessons like any biology relating to reproduction and thus hurting their feelings while marking any other student based on the content of their report applying penalties when information is technically accurate but insufficiently explained which might result in a poor grade despite having put considerably more work into their answers.
Well, actually participation award seems like the wrong turn of phrase because it doesn’t need to involve participation and the guaranteed reward might be better than it would be for somebody that actually tried.
Now that I think about it this gets me pondering a few choice words I would have for the people who keep trying to force mandatory prayers in school. “Oh they’re just words, if they don’t have any meaning to you then you shouldn’t have any problem repeating them just to comply with the rules.” Yeah? Well you can give the right goddamned answers on a standardized test if you think it’s all a big empty gesture instead of saying you won’t have other people’s beliefs - namely that observable process like evolution exists which is used in practical medicine such as developing countermeasures against constantly evolving viruses - forced upon you. Or being forced to read the Communist Manifesto aloud, since you don’t believe it and are under no obligation to adhere beyond daily recitation it shouldn’t hurt you, right?
I’m just in a grumbly mood tonight.