College Republicans at the University of California Merced pulled out the video camera for a redistribution experiment. Organizers asked students with “excessive” GPAs to give up a portion of their own GPA to students having a tough time meeting graduation requirements. Guess how many were willing to help out?
The video speaks for itself and is a good example of illustrating absurdity by suggesting absurd ideas. Maybe this experiment got a few students to think a bit. This was picked up by some of the larger websites out there about one week ago, but I just noticed it this morning.
I found it interesting how students were trying to explain why the federal tax code and redistribution of those funds was totally different than earning a GPA. How so?
One woman suggested money was totally different than a GPA since some people had specified advantages that helped them earn more money. The organizer suggested many students have advantages that allow them to more easily earn a higher GPA. She didn’t get the concept.
Obviously, this is an absurd concept but college should be a place where this type of experiment should be done. Really, how frequently do employers check your GPA during a background check? Certainly they confirm information on a resume like if they really graduated or really interned at a specific company, but the GPA?
I can think of one very prominent government employee – working for the people – who was interviewed and got the job without having to provide any information at all concerning his academic performance.
This next example from George Mason University illustrates the same experiment, but note the answer by one of the students.
The top five percent of people are probably like friggin’ millionaires … they are not going to miss those little bit of dollars.
The student might be interested to learn the top five percent include a good number of the people who make between $100,000 and $200,000.