Saturday, October 5, 2019

The Case for Strictness Over Leniency

Increasingly, we venerate leniency over strictness, for example, the “kindly” boss, judge, spouse, or teacher. 

Students routinely give better evaluations to easy-grading professors. We respect  the decisionmaker who gives slack because of the “externalities” that contribute to a person’s bad behavior rather than a decisionmaker who rejects all but clearly serious and legitimate excuses.

I’m certainly not calling for the cruelty of a Dickensian villain but at the risk of seeming hyperbolic, I believe the trend to replacing strictness with leniency is a core cause of America’s descent. I make the case in my article today.

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