In the contest to see who can come up with the best form of loss aversion to motivate high test scores, we have a first entrant that looks incredibly strong.

Supposing you say to teachers, get those scores up or we take away your first born.

Don’t you think those scores are going up?

Supposing you said it to doctors?

They would all become dermatologists, and no one would be a surgeon.

What if you say it to economists?

You can bet all their predictions will be very safe.

Can you top this?

True, it didn’t work for pharaoh–the Hebrews packed up and moved out.

But hey, maybe it will work for teachers. Where can they go?