The group project allows people to gain valuable skills necessary to making them successful individuals in society. Through it, students are taught at a young age how to quickly recognize the smartest and most motivated student among them, compel this person to be in their group out of pity, and then be so uncooperative that the motivated student takes it upon themselves to complete the project. Through this method, the motivated student is able to be review information he otherwise wouldn’t because motivated students are the ones who need incentive to learn material. On the other hand, he or she is also able to have the opportunity to work with invaluable intelligent and competent people who he or she might not otherwise meet. The other group members who are not interested in their education are able to receive a good grade without putting forth any effort and are therefore shielded from the traumatic experience of learning responsibility. Since both parties benefit from this situation, a true sense of camaraderie is created in the group and everyone is left better off than they were before.
In the past, societies have valued ridiculous ideals like integrity, intelligence, and hard work. But it is clear through successes like Communist Russia, that if a nation hopes to create a happy, healthy environment, everyone must feel that they are equal to everyone around them, despite how hard they work or how smart they are. May we, as Americans, learn from such brilliance. May we seek to encourage the high work ethic and integrity promoted by the group project. May we make today’s world a little better tomorrow, one group project at a time.
P.S. If you agree with what this essay says at face value, stay away from me. This sentence is not satirical.
By Renae Andrade, Guest Columnist