Back when the world was young and Jimmy Carter was president I was chief of public affairs for the Federal Aviation Administration. Once I gave a talk to a classroom full of air traffic control trainees at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, for reasons that escape my memory. What I do remember, though, is that each desk was equipped with a small button.
What gives? Well, I was told, if a student doesn’t understand something you just said, he hits his private button and that little light on your podium there tells you to go over it again. Couldn’t the student just raise his hand, though? Well, no, he might be afraid of looking stupid or maybe he’s shy. Whatever. The point is that every single trainee has got to understand every single thing we’re trying to teach him. Up in that tower they only give out two grades. Zero or 100.
The so-called “president” might want to think of that before he dumps any more shit on our unpaid air traffic controllers.