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.
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.
“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.