We have a baseline sense of what society considers appropriate, moral behavior, and we have a sense of where we fit in that. If we do something that is better than our norm, we balance it out with something a bit devious: it's a zero-sum game.
Of course the solution is to change the baseline, recognizing that if you don't change the baseline you will just get resource shifting, not improvement.
Should Children Redshirt Kindergarten?
It seems that fewer parents are comfortable with their child being one of the youngest in the class, the runts of the litter. By simply holding them back, parents can ensure their child begins the rat race as one of the oldest, most mature kids in class.
Does it give them an advantage or does it just slow them down?
The children’s reasoning scores, on average, leapt 32%. Translated to an IQ standard, that bumped them 13 points.
For comparison, consider that a 12 point gain is normally how much a child’s IQ goes up after an entire year of school. By giving the children precisely targeted games, Bunge and Mackey were able to beat that, in just 20 hours of game playing.
Go Sandy and Rich -- improving the IQ of America's kids, one game at a time ;)
New Research: Blaming Others Is Contagious
Important to think about.