Our society is being overrun by drones and I place the blame on the shoulders of everyone who strive to look for the easy way out. If you are wondering if you are a drone, answer these few questions.
- Do you take pride in hovering just below the radar at work or school?
- Do you wonder why the know-it-alls, do-gooders, and overachievers even bother?
- Do you pay the minimum amount due on your credit card and think you’re doing great?
- Do you embrace your routine with the grip of an MMA fighter and see red when it’s being disrupted?
- Do you want to go where nobody knows your name? (NORM?)
If you answered yes to either of these questions, you are either in danger of being a drone or you have already succumbed to the dark side.
No one wants to own up to their vulnerabilities or shortcomings. No one wants to take a chance on being different and taking risks. I’m not saying let your freak flag fly. I’m shining a light on a segment of our society that believes just enough is just right.
If we all strive to be drones, we would never have space travel, electric cars, the internet, the secret menu at In-n-Out.
When my boys started participating in sports, I felt the experience would teach them important things like commitment, team building, and self improvement. Unfortunately, with the dawn of participation trophies, it taught them that there was no difference between a winning team and the losing team. EVERYONE was the same. NO ONE was special because EVERYONE was special. In other words, children learned early that life was better as a drone. The achievement of the individual or the team gets smothered with a thick, gooey caramel of feel good syrup. So little Devon who may spend hours on the weekend with his dad learning how to shoot a basketball gets lumped into the same feel good syrup as little Jesse who may only touch a basketball when he infrequently participates in the games. Is this fair? No. Is life fair? Hell, no, but leading children on with a safety net made of cotton candy and participation trophies makes their awakening into adulthood cruel. All special snowflakes melt in the sun.
As a teacher, I hate to admit this, but from my experience, what our public schools are doing to our children is heartbreaking. The children are being warehoused in a drone factory. Children are encouraged to dream and strive to be the best while the teacher is forced by circumstances to teach to the (drone) middle. If a child is bright and needs their instruction to be differentiated to challenge their intellect, the teacher is once again forced by circumstances to do what they can to get through a body of instruction in a certain amount of time and the bright child gets left alone. Some teachers in certain neighborhoods with unlimited resources, parent involvement, and low class numbers can do wonders, but that is the exception to the norm. The exceptional school setting births the know-it-alls, inventors, creators, do-gooders, and overachievers. Sadly, the norm creates the drones.
To right this Titantic, it’s important to shun the mindset of “good enough”. Let’s strive for excellence for our children’s sake