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Local fifth-graders build Lego robots

Did you ever have a teacher that actually made learning fun? That is exactly what some local teachers are trying to do at the Rachel Freeman School of Engineering. By the looks on these fifth graders faces the teachers were successful. The students have spent the last two weeks building robots out of Legos while learning about motion, and design. Engineers from GE visited the classes to help design, test and program the robots using computer software. Friday the students' hard work was put to the test. Ten-year-old Antwane Long said, "The best part was when we were out there racing against the green team but we lost, but it was all good." The champion of the tournament wins a trophy, but no one will go home empty-handed. Each student receives a medallion for all their hard work.

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Engineering? Fifth grade?

What am I missing here? When did we start teaching concentrated fields of discipline in grammar school? Who are we kidding? Maybe we'd make out better with the Rachel Freeman School of Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. Oh.....LOVE the "everyone gets an award" angle. Nothing better for impressing upon young minds that medicrity is okay, and that you're supposed to get a reward for NOT winning...

1. No, we could not teach

1. No, we could not teach engineering in grammar school, but we could cultivate their imaginations for future achievements and ambitions. Engineering is a fun and rewarding occupation, anyone who has an aptitude for this trade should be able to know and cultivate their skills it even at a young age. 2. Yes, I'm all for teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Engineers do all the above. 3. Several of the children were broken-hearted that they didn't get the win the large trophy, but the smaller medallion served as a reward and reminder that they competed and had fun. GE also gave each child a T-shirt commemorating the event. When you are in a position to give, then you have the pleasure of deciding what and who should receive your gift. "It is better to give than receive" a lesson we all should learn.

Well I think it was a great

Well I think it was a great idea I am so proud of all of the children they all did a great job. And for your comment why not reward all of the children for great work? Why not try to teach them now that life is not all about winning,that sometimes you are going to lose and it is ok to do so but,be proud of the ones who do win? OH you must have been a poor sport growing up UH.. Well that is ok just go to the 5th grade class at this school and they will teach you how to get over it and to be proud of others for great work!! GREAT JOB GUYS!!! By the way GE loved your work...

Because life *IS* about winning

One universal law that cannot be overturned is survival of the fittest. Whether you're talking about the fifth grade, high school, college, the workplace, or life in general, the rewards come to those with the best plan, conditioning, and execution. Participation awards also brainwash children into thinking that they are somehow owed something for simply being there. (Of course, that's the whole plan - brainwashing the next generation of sappy liberals to believe that everyone is owed something by a nanny government.) Children don't need to be coddled and conditioned to accept mediocrity, because when they grow up and the "other guy" gets the big sale or discovers the breakthrough cure, the other guy gets the big bonus or the next promotion to VP. That's what school is supposed to be for - getting the children ready for real life. The way our education system is going, a lot of them will be in for a rude awakening when they find out that it's not Sesame Street out there, and we don't ALL get cookies. Bet you're a big fan of turning the "A List" into the "ABC List," huh?


Every year Belville elementary gives awards to the "A" honor roll students; to "balance" things out they also give equal awards to "kids who tried hard". I kid you not!

Awesome Event

We helped teach the kids to win by using their brains. They had to read, write, calculate and present their ideas to a group ... just like in the real world. I'm sure not all of them cared but many of the kids really put some great effort and energy into this. It was an awesome event.

I'm not selling the kids short

I'm sure that many exerted a great effort and did a stellar job. I hope that the best and even a couple of close runner-ups were recognized. No, the problem is not with the kids. The problem is with mamby-pamby ADULTS who think we'll be better off if no child who shows up at some event knows the disappointment of leaving empty-handed. It plagues sports, too. You can be the worst second-baseman in the history of baseball, but get a trophy every year in some regional leagues. We're breeding a nation of sensitive, dependent pansies, and the kids deserve a lot better. They deserve realistic appraisals of their efforts and the product they produce. They need to learn that minimal effort normally produces no reward.