"Chance is the providence of adventurers." -Napoleon Bonaparte
An interesting link appeared in my Reader yesterday. It explained how sports fans can "purchase a contract associated with a specific team that translates into a ticket to a championship such as the Super Bowl or Final Four if that team reaches the game." The cost varies inversely with the previous success of the chosen franchise; if a long shot does well, the fan could end up with a desirable ticket at a rock-bottom price.
Suppose "education fans", perhaps large corporations, adopted this model, subsidizing students with less than stellar records, taking a chance that they might one day become productive employees. Scholarships and grants do this to some extent, but are less accessible to underachievers. The key ingredient would be desire, just as it is in sports: how much do you want to win, what are you willing to do to accomplish success.
The adventurers in this case would be both the investor, willing to take a risk, and the individual, willing to accept the challenge to perform.
Or, perhaps the analogy could be applied to schools themselves: would the district (the bettor) be willing to allow some freedom of choice regarding class structure, teaching methods, and professional development to the staff members (the competitor/athlete)? Not all teachers would accept or even desire such a choice, but for those who accepted the challenge to greatness...
Would you dare?
"What kind of man would live where there is no daring? I don't believe in taking foolish chances but nothing can be accomplished without taking any chance at all." -Charles A. Lindbergh
"One chance is all you need." -Jesse Owens
"Roulette" by stoneflower