Gourmet Foods and Plato

This semester I am enrolled in Gourmet Foods, quite obviously because it is a class about eating.  What more needs to be said?  However, on the first day, our teacher told us that if we complete all of the recipes correctly, work together with our groups, make something that tastes good, and clean up thoroughly afterward, we will receive a 95% for the day.  Now, this may just be a crazy thought, but I seem to have this assumption that if you fulfill all of the requirements thoroughly, you receive a 100%.  She went on to tell the class that to get a 100%, you must go above and beyond (e.g. helping her clean up her workspace, helping her fold laundry, etc.)  First of all, good for her making sure that her elective class doesn’t turn into some joke of a blow-off class.  I admire teachers that take measures to ensure that students don’t take the class too lightly.  That being said, completing the assignment thoroughly should earn a 100%.  Maybe the requirements for a 100% should be stringent, but “going above and beyond” implies beyond the requirements or beyond the regular grade.  ”Above and beyond” shouldn’t be necessary to earn a full completion grade, that defies the rules of logic, something I cannot let go unnoticed.  Alas, we cannot beat the system, so I am left to toil away in Gourmet Foods nearly as diligently as an AP class just to ensure I don’t hurt my GPA.

On an obviously related topic, today I got to discuss Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.  If you haven’t read it yet, you probably will have to in college, but even so, I think you should read it now.  It’s deeply philosophical, yet usefully practical.  I love discussing the intricacies of why a person would be so resistant to the truth and why it could be nearly impossible to change a person so long engrained in a lie.  It is difficult enough to understand the profundity, and afterward, I am always left in admiration of Plato.  I love philosophy and frequently discuss abstract ideas, but I would be lying if I told you I was capable of coming up with an idea as incredible as The Allegory of the Cave all on my own.  The most amazing part: Plato did it more than 2400 years ago.  That is to be admired.