Could Hamlet have been written by a committee, or the Mona Lisa painted by a club? Could the New Testament have been composed as a conference report? Creative ideas do not spring from groups. They spring from individuals. The divine spark leaps from the finger of God to the finger of Adam. — Alfred Whitney Griswold
I never liked group work as a child. The same few people always did all the work, and the same few people always sat around, goofed off, “forgot,” turned in nothing, and got the same grade as the rest of us. Everyone in the group got the same grade, regardless of contribution. Whenever the teacher started to divide us into groups, half the class would groan and the other half would grin.
It was unfair then and it’s unfair now. I can still remember the feeling of outrage when this would happen. I still feel outraged.
Why should good, hardworking students have to support lazy, non-contributing students? Why should lazy, non-contributing students get the same grade as the students who actually did the work?
One group grade indeed. Hong Kong Phooey.*
Unfair. Unfair to the max.
And I may have just described our economic system. Sigh.
Oh, and as far as the grasshopper and the ant are concerned: why in the world should we pity the grasshopper? He chose his way of life. Let him reap the consequences.
*Bonus points if you know what that means.
P.S. I wanted to insert a cool picture of Hamlet telling the skull he knew it well, but my blog will not let me upload pictures any more. Are you an expert? I need help here.
P.P.S. My blog won’t show tags now, either. Is it haunted?