Where there is a minority, people fight for their rights. This happens with women and with ethnic minorities, it isn’t a new concept for the world. I don’t agree with it of course, I think that we should fight for equality not for conditional equality. But nonetheless the western world claims that the rights of the smaller groups of people are more important.
This is only true, however, where the minority group is big enough. I have mentioned before how when men are the minority or white people are the minority they are ignored because their group isn’t big enough to count to people as a minority in the situations where they are mistreated. My complaint today is about another minority group that is always ignored and holds fewer rights than everybody else. My complaint today is about the forgotten children.
These are children who are intelligent and who therefore should have good prospects in life.
They are identified as such early in their school life and ignored from that moment onwards. It is easy to think that an intelligent child can get through school by themselves, they are from this point onwards expected to get the very best grades without any help from anybody.
If a fingerpointer gets an E, it is all smiles and star stickers. Not only does an intelligent child never get a star sticker for an A, they get disapproval if they dare get a B.
The intelligent child drags themself through school alone, learning very quickly that if they ask the teacher for help the request will be forgotten the moment that a less intelligent child spits its dummy out. Even if the child is half way through being taught how to do a maths problem that they don’t understand, they will be left for the child who can’t write the number 2. So the intelligent child learns that asking for help is a pointless endeavour. To keep the parents happy, every school report then says that the child does not ask for enough help, this puts blame onto the child and the behaviour of the teacher is never brought into question.
By the time the child gets to GCSE they have learnt how to coast, they sit back in lessons and do the bare minimum because there will never be any praise for doing their best. Some children start to do badly in order to change people’s perception of them but because they have already been labelled as intelligent, any lesser grades just get them shouted at rather than the help and attention they are craving. So the child gets straight A’s in their GCSE’s rather than A*’s, everyone is horribly disappointed and the child starts to become bitter. Their dreams of becoming a doctor or a judge or an economist are left to wilt because the intelligent child notices that there is more attention for the children who want to be a hairdresser or a gardener or a street sweeper.
The child is still at a disadvantage here however because they weren’t allowed to do vocational training in their GCSE’s like the fingerpointers. They don’t have the experience expected of them to go into one of the areas of life where they might get praise and attention. So they just give up. They sit through their A levels and watch their grades get lower and lower. They lessen their expectations for university to one that they can get into without trying and spend their time learning other things that stimulate their brain. University doesn’t agree with them but it is expected of them so they sit through three years without complaint and get an average grade at the end. Then they pass into a 9 to 5 job and try not to act too smart because by this point they have become scared of declaring their intelligence, all they want to do is to be left alone in a corner and learn by themselves.
These children are forgotten and disillusioned with society but nobody notices them because the dim kids scream louder. The main argument about the new potential GCSE system is that it disadvantages the majority, well what about the minority? Why is it that only where intelligence is concerned, the minority doesn’t matter? Smart kids are the ones who have the potential to change the world, the ones who should be aspiring to become the next consultants, the next astrophysicists or politicians. But instead all we do is fill them with rubbish about the rich people in society being evil and bad, about the people who work hard to become the top of their field being undeserving of their position because they earn more than the rest of us. There is nothing to aspire to because the majority are jealous of the few people who really make something of themselves. Finger-pointers don’t like any person with more money than them and so spread the view to their children that they should instead be inspiring to be the next reality TV star or singer or footballer.
I was watching the news this morning and they showed an academy that encouraged people to do just that, become the next mindless celebrities of the future. There was no mention of academia, no mention of how it is possible to do these things and being intelligent because the sad truth of it all is that people don’t value knowledge anymore. It is wrong to allow children who are smart to do harder exams because it makes the fingerpointers realise that they are thick, they don’t like to be left out of things and therefore drag the smart children down. It is wrong to give the best jobs in the country to smart people for the same reason.
The minority of intelligent people are being put down and stamped on by the majority of fingerpointers and it is this fact that is making the people of our country so much stupider. Stupidity breeds stupidity. The more power the fingerpointers get, the easier exams have to become to cater for their loud-mouthed children. The less pay the top people have to have and therefore the less aspiration there is for the intelligent kids. The people who have money and are intelligent hold onto it because they make sure their kids are smart and hold them to different values, thus the gap between rich and poor becomes bigger and bigger. A smart kid in a fingerpointer household becomes more and more forgotten.
These forgotten children aren’t rare; they aren’t some phenomenon that only happens once in a blue moon or some minority so small that it doesn’t matter. They are in the office next to you, sat on the chair behind you in Starbucks, walking along the street in front of you looking up at the sky and thinking about it until they are glared at so much that they look down like everyone else. They are the people who act as receptionists to the doctors or lawyers that they should have become.
And the only way that you will know they exist is by the writing on their hand as they try and learn their fifth language or the wry smile on their face when they watch a fingerpointer repeatedly trying, and failing, to push the huge glowing button on the front of a computer.
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