The author is trying to say that if Ender is surrounded with the common boys of non-equal intelligence, then he will act like them. They want Ender to be different and creative, so that he can make up his own plans and not follow orders of others in the midst of others. Ender will only become a good leader if he doesn’t follow others. “He has to work smoothly with his subordinates” (Card 27). The leaders want him to be creative, and a leader.
This quote means that the teachers need to keep Ender isolated so that in battle, he will be able to think of new tactical maneuvers and abilities. He will also be able to try new things. If they don’t do this, Ender will become like every other boy in Battle School. They want to keep him unique and not ruin his way of thinking. The text states, “I will have him completely separated from the rest of the boys by the time we get to the school,” (Card 27). This proves that they don’t want Ender to learn from the other boys at Battle School, so he doesn’t adapt their ways of thinking.
We think that this quote means that he will become more like the other boys in his group, and he won’t be his own person. He will see things like how the other kids see things, and he won’t want to be a leader. He will want to fit in with everyone else. Graff wanted him to be a leader, so he wants to isolate him. In the text it states, “ ‘Oh. Good. He has to be a genius and nice, too.’ ‘Not nice. Nice will let the buggers have us all.’ ‘So you’re going to isolate him?’ ” (Card 27). If they ‘lose’ him, they mean that they won’t have the genius, nice Ender. They will have the Ender who blends in with the crowd.
We think the author meant that the I.F. should keep Ender a bit separated from the rest of the group of kids so he develops his own way of thinking and doesn’t adopt the tactics and ways of thinking that the other boys in Battle School. have. They are doing this so he can become a better tactician than the rest and become a strong leader that thinks differently than all the others, and become the leader the I.F. thinks they truly need. “At the same time we need to make sure he keeps a strong ability to lead” (Card 27). This shows that the I.F. believes that Ender needs to be both isolated and surrounded by his peers.