According to this poster, which hangs in my childrens’ school (and I’ve seen it in other schools, too), success is measured by effort.

But nothing could be further from the truth.

Success is measured by clearly measurable objectives. How does one measure “effort”?  Imagine telling your members that the recent annual meeting, which saw a 25% drop in attendance, was a success, because you made a great effort. You think they would buy it?

What are they teaching our children?