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Honors program cancelled because of others feelings

Today, “everyone wins” regardless of effort or results. There are no losers, there are no winners because competition itself is losing to politically correct motives. Today, inclusiveness is the winner !

Look no further than a school principal unilaterally cancelling an Honors Night program for academic achievement deciding that competition should play second fiddle to the “feelings” of those students who didn’t make the grade.

Excerpt:

A Massachusetts school principal has cancelled his school’s Honors Night in the belief that it would cause students who are not receiving an award to feel self-conscious and disappointed in themselves.

According to Principal David Fabrizio of Ipswich Middle School, Honors Night could be “devastating” to the students who worked hard, but did not earn good enough grades to receive an award.

Does this principal think this attitude is what the students will encounter in the real world? The principal also had the temerity to justify his opinion in a letter sent home to the parents.

Excerpt:

“The Honors Night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families, can also be devastating to a child who has worked extremely hard in a difficult class but who, despite growth, has not been able to maintain a high grade-point average.”

Fabrizio also asserted that a reason he decided to cancel the honors program was because academic success is often contingent upon having support at home, which not all students are lucky enough to have. So, lowest common denominator prevails again.

This wrong-headed philosophy denigrates not only the earning of the award based on hard work, but having parents who support their children’s education, which apparently shouldn’t even factor into the equation of success in Ipswich Middle School.

Does this decision make all the students feel special - no - it simply makes them all feel that no one is special. This is a clear example of the dumbing down of America!

This system equalizes everyone by destroying any incentive to earn what you achieve. It allows an entitlement mindset that there will always be achievers, people who will earn their way to provide for those who do not.

The effort by sometimes well-meaning people to guard young people from any failure is misguided and interferes with the children’s educational and social development and makes them totally unprepared for the real world life experience.

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  1. Isn’t cancelling Honors Night “devastating” to those students who worked their tails off, to achieve those honors? What kind of message does that send? Why should you work hard, when there is no recognition of that extra effort?

  2. Curtis Newport

    There are limits to human intelligence, but there is no limit to human stupidity. Nearly every week, some school administrator offers proof of the second part of that statement.

    I was a bit of a slacker in high school, doing well enough to get into college but not well enough to haul in the scholarships. Attending the honors program and watching others being recognized for their efforts motivated me to try harder and achieve more in college and beyond. High school honors programs are most beneficial to those go home empty-handed.

    • Ted Biondo

      Amen, Curtis, and that would be the reaction of many students, but the students at Ipswich will never know.

  3. dogrescuer

    Another example of “Political Correctness” gone out of control!

  4. This idiotic Liberal attempt to make things “equal”, so as not to cause bad feelings, reminds me of this quote:

    Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.
    Alexis de Tocqueville

    Such acts reject the real world, in favor of of a bland, unimaginative status quo, “protecting” these students from the joys of achievement, and the life-lessons gleaned from failure.

  5. Wouldn’t want to highlite any “below par” teachers either. The principle is thinking about himself too.

    • Ted Biondo

      Great point, Juice. Can’t have too much accountability in public endeavors!

  6. I want to play dodgeball with those evil red rubber balls with whoever was behind that decision >:)

  7. JRM_CommonSense

    Seems like we only got part of the story again from Ted and his minions.

    Here is the real story:

    Principal David Fabrizio, of Ipswich Middle School in Massachusetts, is facing lots of criticism after making the school’s exclusive Honors Night ceremony an all-inclusive daytime event. Parents of honor students are outraged with the change. Fabrizio has chosen to open the event to all of his students to avoid “devastating” those who didn’t make the cut.

    “It’s been a tradition in Ipswich,” upset Ipswich parent Dave Morin said. “And you’re very proud as a parent to go into that night and see your child, as well as some of the other children who made, really, some great efforts.”

    Fabrizio sent an email to parents last week declaring his intentions. In the email, he recognized the parents’ sense of pride from the event, but said there are other effects too.

    “The Honors Night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families, can also be devastating to a child who has worked extremely hard in a difficult class but who, despite growth, has not been able to maintain a high grade-point average,” his email read.

    In the past, Ipswich’s honor roll students were recognized in a separate, private evening ceremony that invited parents. The event will now be held during a school assembly at the end of the school year that recognizes other students’ accomplishments in areas ranging from the arts to athletics, reports The Daily Mail.

    Principal Fabrizio used the school’s website to respond to his critics. “We changed our Honors Night from an exclusive ceremony at night to an all-inclusive ceremony during the day in the presence of the entire student body,” he wrote. “During this ceremony we will honor those who have excelled in academics, in athletics, in the arts and in the related arts. Any reports to the contrary are incorrect.”

    http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/education/massachusetts-principal-david-fabrizio-criticized-opening-honors-night-all

    It is really a sad state of affairs when people only chose portions of the story to make the story fit their twisted perceptions of reality. One would think that educated, adult people would have the integrity to provide all of the facts related to subjects they wish to precent their opinion on. If they did offer all the facts, they would have absolutely nothing to say. Wouldn’t that be refreshin g.

    • Ted Biondo

      Yeah right, JRM, now the school can honor the jocks, most of whom can’t get a 2.0 average, along with the academic scholars, no downgrade for academics in school there. Everything in my post were facts, including the principal not wanting to devastate the “students” who didn’t get the awards in academics – what a politically correct educator!

      Besides, Honors Night was a separate ceremony according to your reference and mine, so the poor suffering darlings who didn’t make the grade in school weren’t forced to attend the ceremony to be devastated, were they?

      The prinicipal cancelled the academic event and made it a one size fits all, perfect for today’s politically correct process, where everyone is equal, right? My point exactly. The athletes get enough accolades all year, now the principal is watering down the honors recognition some of the actual academic students get, so the others don’t get upset – poor babies!

      Even the principal will not be able to take success from those who make the grade, despite his and many other educators’ politically correct tendencies.

      This principal’s philosophy on exceptionalism fits right in with Obama’s statement when asked about American exceptionalism answered, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

      American exceptionalism is no different than anyone else – not any more anyway! Today’s educational politically correct standards are one of the main reasons why America is no longer number one in academic world! But that’s just fine, we will have been trained by our politically correct educators to fit right in when the world economies collapse.

  8. JRM_CommonSense

    Yeah right, Ted, and your comment about the jocks academic prowess certainly says a lot about your position on exceptionalism.

    If that logic allows you to sleep at night when you fail to tell the whole story because it doesn’t fit the mindset that you want to espouse, then so be it. The fact still remains that you have been less then honest while trying to make us believe your point. Had you taken this approach in your professional life, many people could have been killed by the defective products you designed just to prove your point that airplanes can fly without having all of the wires connected correctly.

    Unfortunately you are now trying to make us believe that you have something of value to say even though you may not have all of your wires connected correctly. So, now we have to figure out whether you are a jock or an honors student!

    • Ted Biondo

      JRM, lettered in three sports and was valedictorian in High school, 7th in my graduating class at St. Louis University – does that answer your question?

  9. JRM_CommonSense

    Find that hard to believe Ted since you appear to have difficulty showing an ability to think critically about lots of the things you post. Just saying.

    And you should remember that many of your ilk wanted to see the actual papers supporting the birth, education, and citizenship of a recent presidential candidate, but still didn’t believe them when they were produced.

    • Ted Biondo

      You are obviously not including me in your ilk statement, right?

  10. JRM_CommonSense

    Oh yah, right!

  11. truth hurts

    JRM and other liberals like them cannot handle something called standards.

    Honors night can be available to anyone irregardless of race, creed, sex, social economic level as long as you meet or exceed the reqirements set.

    If you don’t you don’t get honors.

    If you are upset or feel somehow devistated your sports letter or your skills don’t meet that well guess what.

    WELCOME TO REAL LIFE.

    Life is not going to give you a good job, high paycheck, or praise just because you want it or tried your best inspite what the liberals tell you.

    Your are expected to perform at XX level to get XX.

    Now everyone fails at one time or another. It is a life lesson best learned in school where the repercussions are limited than in the adult world where the costs go up.

    I also found failing at something or not quite meeting a requirement to get (ex) honors is a great motivator to try harder or a goal to work for.

    It also can tell you where you may not succeed in a particular area but guide you to where you can.

    Lastly if the honors are for acedemics and the requirements are XX to get them well guess what JRM.

    It does not matter how well you are in sports or how hard you try. If you don’t make it you don’t.

    Don’t punish those who did for those who did not.

    How would you feel JRM if (using your example) your athletic letters were removed and/or not honored because it would hurt those who tried in sports but did not make the grade?

    So everyone got letters for just trying no matter how they did?

    I suspect the same rules Liberals apply to the honors would suddenly change.

    • Ted Biondo

      Great analogy about sports and honors, truth hurts! Let’s stop handing out letters and let’s have everybody play sports – equal time on the court or the field, and let’s not even keep score just like the indoctrination educational proponents – political idiots.

      Lets take away the trophies, the gold, silver and bronze medals in the olympics – after all aren’t we all created equal. There should be no standards according to JRM.

  12. JRM_CommonSense

    Ted and Truth, you could not be more wrong. I am not proposing anything like what you are saying. Every element of honors, athletics, and every other program should remain the same, with one exception. All of these honors and awards should be presented in one session attended by all the students and all the parents that can get there. This shows the entire community that all of these things are really important and should be acknowledged and applauded by everyone, not just in separate groups for each thing. If you want to make the schools and their outcomes better, let all of the students and parents see and participate in the acknowledgement of success and accomplishment of all the various part of that school. Simple as that, nothing sinister!

  13. truth hurts

    My JRM funny how you change your tune when the sacred (but NOT what you go to school for) cow of sports comes into play.

    Notice now how JRM says honors is as important as sports and all JRM wants is “presented in one session”.

    JRM which part of HONORS (AWARD) NIGHT did you not get?

    It is about those who EARNED honors in school for academic work not who was the best at sports. So that is who is honored and recognized. DUH

    Before you accuse me of of being against sports I am in no way saying that someone who excels in sports and EARNED the award/letters/trophies/whatever should not be recognized.

    But don’t they have banquets, parades, trophy cases, homecomming, and other dates/times such things are recognized?

    Are you for a sports rally celebrating a state win that the honors award winners should be recognized there too?

    Hmm I am willing to bet dollars to donuts you would not suggest/support such a thing.
    More than likely you be one of the hoards that would say “its for honoring sport/team/athlete” and think such an idea is crazy.

    Well its basic logic.

    One if you did not meet and/or excel at whatever (sports, honors, whatever) you don’t get an award. PERIOD.

    Two. Honors night is for recognizing awards earned by HONOR STUDENTS.

    Three. School is supposed to prepare you for the real world. Guess what people the real world does NOT CARE what your feeling are/or how it effects your self esteem.

    If you don’t do X you don’t get Y.

    Lastly you get awards/rewards/recognition for WHAT YOU DID. Not what you tried to do.

    Better to learn it now than have these kids get the shock of their life when they are adults.

    Simple, easy to get, end of story.

    Unless your the president or al gore with the nobel prize committee.

  14. JRM_CommonSense

    This is not a contest between honors and sports, even if you want to make it one truth hurts. They are not the only things that happen at schools. There are many more groups, activities and events that students participate in and are recognized for.

    This should be an effort to take all of the things that schools challenge students to do and give recognition for and place them in one setting where all of the members of the school community celebrate the accomplishments of all of the pieces that make up the education of our children.

    To do this at one time would show that all elements of school life and success are worthy of support and recognition. None is greater or better or more fulfilling than the other. They all contribute to the make-up and character of the school and its students. The should be celebrated at inclusive events, not exclusive events.

    truth hurts, what part of this do you not get. Simple. easy to get. and improves the educational experience and meets the charter of most if not all educational institutions. End of story. UNLESS you think it is important to pit different parts of the educational community against one another rather than making them appreciate the values, talents, and successes of all of the citizens that makes up the educational experience.

  15. truth hurts

    Ummm JRM did you read the article that started this particular blog?

    It was about the CANCELING of HONORS NIGHT due to peoples feelings/self esteem/whatever excuse on not achieving honors.

    Not about sports awards, glee club, or ANY OTHER groups/activites/whatever.

    As usual a liberal trying to muddy the waters with as much extra stuff to cloud the issue.

    I mentioned sports as a counterpoint to those who want awards just for self esteem (for example) and not for things EARNED.

    I then pointed out how school is supposed to prepare kids for life where in the REAL WORLD you don’t get rewarded (unless al gore or obama by Nobel prize committe) for what you tried but what you did.

    In specifically you don’t get the prize, pay, ex for not meeting requirements set.

    I also pointed out with sports counterpoint to honors that each area has specific times/situations where they are recoginized, honored, and rewarded for their acomplishments.

    You are the one (in typical liberal fashion) saying in essence there are no differences and everyone is honored, celebrated, and has events at the same time and level.

    This is not REALITY nor should it be.

    So in conclusion.

    Which part of HONORS NIGHT (again the subject of ted’s blog) is for those who EARNED the academic honors do you not get?

  16. JRM_CommonSense

    Sorry truth hurts, but it is you who has failed to fully read the posts I made earlier here as well as not reading the full article that Ted used to start this string (it contains things that Ted did not bother to mention).

    Due to that failure, you have made assumptions that I am the one who is confused. In reality, you are the one who is confused about the discussion. I will repeat a quote from the article that I had in my very first post on this string:

    “Principal Fabrizio used the school’s website to respond to his critics. “We changed our Honors Night from an exclusive ceremony at night to an all-inclusive ceremony during the day in the presence of the entire student body,” he wrote. “During this ceremony we will honor those who have excelled in academics, in athletics, in the arts and in the related arts. Any reports to the contrary are incorrect.”

    That is what I was reacting to and supporting. So in conclusion, which part of this discussion do you not get?

  17. truth hurts

    Oh I got it JRM very well, I just am calling you out on the attempt to divert from the true nature of what is going on.

    Lets AGAIN look at one of the reasons the principle CANCELED the honors nigh.

    “The Honors Night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families, can also be devastating to a child who has worked extremely hard in a difficult class but who, despite growth, has not been able to maintain a high grade-point average.”

    Note JRM this was one reason the principle PUT INTO PRINT IN A LETTER to the parents of students.

    Now the quote you stated is the EXACT point you were trying to make in your argument involving first sports then all groups in the school.

    Just like the principle you again try to divert from the real reason for canceling honors night. Let me again post the quote.

    “The Honors Night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families, can also be devastating to a child who has worked extremely hard in a difficult class but who, despite growth, has not been able to maintain a high grade-point average.”

    Now JRM notice this same clearly stated reason was not used when (as I pointed out) sports was involved.
    Something I am willing to bet had its own awards night/ceremony/whatever they call it to honor those who excelled in sports.

    Now I am not trying to make this a sports vs academic argument.
    But the truth be told sports and other groups (as you stated) may be part of the school experience; they do NOT share the same weight.
    Academics is THE PRIMARY mission of schools. To educate our children. Not extracaricular activities like sports.

    All that aside and back to the origional point of the blog.
    Again I quote for accuracy (and it bugs liberals with the truth) the reason for the canceling of honors night by the principles OWN WORDS.

    “The Honors Night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families, can also be devastating to a child who has worked extremely hard in a difficult class but who, despite growth, has not been able to maintain a high grade-point average.”

    In typical liberal fashion (and pointed out by JRM) that the principle then made an all awards day for QUOTE

    “We changed our Honors Night from an exclusive ceremony at night to an all-inclusive ceremony during the day in the presence of the entire student body,” he wrote. “During this ceremony we will honor those who have excelled in academics, in athletics, in the arts and in the related arts.”

    So in true liberal fashion again saying it is bad that some are held out for special recognition FOR EXCELLENCE/HONORS THEY EARNED.

    So lets put everyone on the same day.

    Again JRM why was it bad to continue a tradition of recognition of excellence in what school exists for?

    Oh on a sideline question given the principles statement (I quoted 3 times) is misunderstood for canceling honors night?

  18. truth hurts

    I will say JRM for accuracy that the quote you posted would have had merit and made clear sense if the principle has precluded it with something like “to make it more convenient for the parents of the students we will be combining all awards ceremonies on XX date”.

    THEN the statement you posted would not only renforced the previous comment but there would have been NO PROBLEMS whatsoever to the parents as a whole.

    However the principle let it be known his agenda/typical liberal view by the statement quoted by Ted.

    I think we both would agree that the way I stated it should have been handled would have been logical, reasonable, and most of all no politcal bent would have been shown in any way.

    However words mean something and all ted and I are doing is holding them accountable for their actions and NOT trying to divert the painful truth.

  19. JRM_CommonSense

    I understood your point from your first post Truth. And it appears that you have understood my point from my first post. So what is the problem? You like your point better than mine and you are hell bent to prove that. It appears that if the principal had said things a little bit different you would not be arguing with me. Wonderful, end of discussion.

  20. truth hurts

    Again JRM tries to bully his way to making his political views the truth in face of fact.

    JRM funny thing is words do have meaning and comments made by someone show intention.

    The principle told why he did it.

    QUOTE (which I love repeating since truth angers liberals)

    “The Honors Night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families, can also be devastating to a child who has worked extremely hard in a difficult class but who, despite growth, has not been able to maintain a high grade-point average.”

    If he had NOT SENT THAT IN A LETTER to the parents of course there would be no issue. DUH

    But HE DID.

    Sorry if facts don’t fit your reality

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