Columbia College Chicago Professor of Philosophy Stephen T Asma is quoted in a recent Wall Street Journal:
Our contemporary hunger for equality can border on the comical. When my six-year-old son came home from first grade with a fancy winner’s ribbon, I was filled with pride to discover that he had won a footrace. … “No, it wasn’t just me,” he explained. “We all won the race!” …. Everyone who ran the race was told that they had won, and they were all given the same ribbon.
More troubling than the institutional enforcement of this strange fairness is the fact that such protective “lessons” ill-equip kids for the realities of later life. … The focus on equality of outcome may produce a generation that is burdened with an indignant sense of entitlement.