Let’s Make FDNY Academy Easy So More People Pass…Huh?!

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Last October, a Federal judge ordered that the FDNY academy be easier so more people could pass.  Although this happened several months ago,  I hadn’t seen the headline until recently.

The reasoning for the change in difficulty was pretty logical.  I read through the arguments and they weren’t completely bogus.  At the midway point of the 18-week training class, 15% of students had dropped out.  There were stats.  There was support.  There was valid reasoning about the history of fire fighting and how things that were requirements 100 years ago, are now irrelevant due to new technology.  Heck, I was a teacher for years and I know all about the bell curve.  I sure appreciated teachers throwing me a bone back in high school.  I’ve always been horrible at math and I can remember our trig teacher giving us a 30 point curve because so many students failed the final exam.

But, I have a problem with this “let’s make it easier” mentality.

My third year teaching, I switched to a school that I found out was more “progressive” than most.  After signing my contract, I learned that I was supposed to pass all kids that I taught.  I was told that if one student could spell 20 spelling words correctly and the other student could only spell 5, both students would get A’s.  I would simply put an asterisk at the bottom of the test with only 5 correct and say “*this test was graded on an alternative grading scale.”

Scouts honor, that’s true.

This headline about the fire fighting situation brought me right back to that weird time teaching at that weird school.  Rather than challenging people to be the best and the brightest, we are lowering the bar in every field in the name of equality.  This is terrible!  Each and every field should be competitive and require hard work!  What if we saw this sort of thing creeping into the medical field?  Could you imagine – reading a headline about medical school getting easier?

I want the doctors who might be cutting me open to be a nerd geniuses who worked their butts off!

I wonder how many of these headlines we miss.  You can tell that this entitlement culture is seeping into every field by just going anywhere.  When I go to restaurants or stores, I’m always surprised when someone is doing their job well, because hard workers have become so hard to come by!  Why work hard when you can get anything and everywhere for free, right?

What do you think about this whole make-it-easy-so-anyone-can-pass mentality?

 

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  • Clay Neely

    Feeling better than someone else leads to all kinds of mental issues. Maybe cooperation would be better than competition. If kids aren’t meant for the straight lace curriculum, why should they feel alienated and different than the rest? Sure that’s good for the guy in the first place, but how does the guy feel that doesn’t ever quite add up? Just because he isn’t meant for that type of follow in line behavior? Maybe some kids would rather just follow their heart than try to be the best at some
    monotonous task day in and day out. If you don’t put your all into it, then maybe you shouldn’t be doing it? How many teachers did you meet that really could care less about helping kids and teaching them? It has nothing to with education it has to do with heart and wanting to put your all into something.

  • Ben Mullany

    The PT standards seem pretty easy already, how much more do they want to lower the bar?

  • grassroot

    Liberal mindset. Equality for everyone. And don’t be judging. But, there is such a thing as
    excellence in a field. And is especially important when it comes to other’s lives.
    But, the collective calls the shots, they think.

  • Richard A Silva

    At one time I was an industrial firefighter and attended the requisite schools. It was tough for a reason. I wanted to know that the guys around me were not only trustworthy, but competent as well. There was one guy who bailed on us when the fire blew on top of us. Luckily my brother-in-law and I were able to keep it together and put out the fire, but the wimp was still running when I started for him :-).

    This WILL get people hurt or killed and there will be nothing said about this aspect of the story. This clown was a pus and it’s a good thing he was found out then instead of during a fire in a 50,000 gallon tank of hexane.

    • bull57

      In my thinking that’s why it’s a tough job for tough people. If this judge wants to lower the bar for the fire department lets just have a draft like the military did! My brother went in the Marines during Vietnam so he could trust the guy next to him as the Marines was a volunteer force!

    • brucethompson22

      It’s like Common Core, if you can show how it’s done you don’t have the right answer.How would you like to to be in a jet at 35,000 ft. built by one of these bong holes?

  • Karll

    The whole concept robs the individual and the society that is stuck dealing with the consequences of that individual’s sub par training and education.

  • jinxed13

    As a former female police officer, I experienced first hand the results of changing requirements to make it possible for people who ordinarily wouldn’t have passed the physical agility or knowledge-based aspects of tests and the police academy. The end result was that usually these people who were given “help” to “make the grade” ended up either getting someone else or themselves killed or injured, or were the subject of criticism and discipline once on the job — the end result was that they were very unhappy on the job. Police work doesn’t require the physical strength that firefighting does, yet fire academies have had to lower their physical standards in order to make it possible for more women to qualify for their academies (as an example). Although technology has made certain qualifications that were required decades ago obsolete, the need for a firefighter to have to carry someone to safety (regardless of the person’s weight) isn’t something that can be addressed with technology, nor can the handling of the heavy hoses and controlling them while spraying water on a fire be handled by technology — just good old fashioned muscle. Lowering standards on knowledge or educational requirements is also problematic when it comes to job performance and public safety. The liberal mindset is one of wanting some way to achieve equality of outcome, which is impossible no matter how far you lower standards. The issue should be one of equality of opportunity. We all have different abilities and capabilities. The feel good that comes with being able to achieve something with lesser capability than what is actually necessary doesn’t last for long. Inwardly, we all know when we aren’t “making the grade” as compared to our peers, and the “achievement” of being accommodated despite our not being truly qualified is not one that builds self esteem and confidence. Has it ever occurred to people that sometimes people drop out of programs, classes, or job training because they find that they made a mistake and don’t want to “achieve” the end result?

  • http://gulliblestravels.org Raul ElPerro

    At our school we are encouraged to keep the bar high and there is an “extra opportunity period” after school for students with missing or incomplete assignments. The extra opportunity is an offer they can’t refuse without some consequences. I like this idea better than the last school where I taught. We, the teachers were to blame if too many students were failing. Guess which one is public and which is private. Common Core and its predecessors are one big reason we are behind, so how can it help us ‘catch up’ in the world market?