Student In Reading Contest Punished For Performing Too Well

August 25, 2013

This article illustrates a prime example of why our children are becoming dumb and dumber.  With librarians like this, how can they not?

By B. Christopher Agee


It has become all too common in today’s politically correct culture to foster equality of outcome rather than equality of opportunity. The latter, however, was what America’s founders envisioned as they drafted our Constitution and what has allowed countless others in generations since to accomplish incredible things.

Tragically, the next generation is being exposed to a contrary ideology that favors punishing achievers to spare the feelings of those who could have tried harder. The feelings of those being unfairly constrained are rarely explored.

An upsetting illustration of this trend can be found in the case of a fifth grade student in New York who has racked up quite a winning streak at his local library. Taking part in multiple reading contests at the facility, Tyler Weaver has been undefeated in the past five competitions. At least one individual involved displayed a childish fit of jealous rage; however, it wasn’t one of Weaver’s adolescent competitors. It was the library director, Marie Gandron.

This year, he read 63 books during the summer, qualifying him for his latest victory. Instead of joining him in celebration of his accomplishment, Gandron told him to “step aside” so less deserving students can deprive him of his win.

She expressed a desire to distribute prizes based on chance rather than achievement, which even one of her aides described as “ridiculous.” While students in both scenarios would leave empty-handed, Gandron apparently thinks that participants won’t be jealous of those who win with a lottery system.

Describing what he believes to be “a record-breaking streak,” Weaver said his latest win “feels great.” He has even inspired his younger brother, who came in second two years in a row.

Weaver’s mother encourages her son, saying each child should “excel at what they enjoy doing and Tyler just loves to read.”

Though Weaver was able to answer all questions he was asked about the books he read, Gandron insinuated he might be cheating, mentioning a case of a girl whose claim of reading 200 books in one summer was later found to be false.

His mother said that neither of her sons would participate if Gandron’s proposed changes take effect, saying that everyone, “especially a library director,” should be proud of his accomplishment.

Liberty cannot flourish when personal responsibility gives way to a sense of entitlement. The negative lesson being perpetuated by this library director is unfortunately being echoed throughout the nation, most loudly from the Oval Office.


Article submitted by:  Veronica Coffin

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