Student who missed out on Dux an analogy for the National Party

When a male Onehunga high school student came second and missed out on winning Dux he had something to say about it which some will see as sour grapes. He was beaten by a female student who used strategy in her choice of subjects in order to keep her subject average high.

An Auckland high-school graduate who came second to Dux despite doing what he says were “hard” academic subjects has written a passionate appeal saying subjects like art and cooking don’t compare.

Filip Vachuda, who was runner-up to this year’s dux at Onehunga High School, calls for adopting a common American system of weighting “hard” academic subjects, such as physics and calculus, as worth more than the dux’s “soft” subjects such as media and drama.[…]

“But while I had completed Level 3 English and a Scholarship exam in Year 12, and studied difficult subjects like physics or calculus, the Dux recipient had exempted herself from any math, science, or indeed, scholarship exams and extra subjects.”

He added: “Assigning acting, cooking or painting a similar academic status as calculus, science or history completely misses the mark.

“You can be illiterate and innumerate, yet an outstanding painter or actor.”

One of the lessons in life he will learn is that people who are the best do not always win. People who know how to use a strategy can beat people who have more experience or intelligence than them. The National party are a case in point. Like this boy, they should have won but they didn’t.

The Labour Party had less voter support yet they won. The female high school student avoided harder more academic subjects yet she won. She knew that to win it was a simple calculation. The person with the highest average over all subjects would be Dux. Likewise, Jacinda Ardern knew that if she treated Winston Peters with respect and was successful in negotiations with him she would be Prime Minister.

Bill English like this student can point out all day long why National should have won and why the result isn’t fair but both Jacinda Ardern and the female student played by the rules and using strategy outplayed a ” superior” opponent.

-NZ Herald


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