The Wake County, North Carolina, school board has decided the titles “valedictorian” and “salutatorian” are “unhealthy” for students.
According to a new policy unanimously approved by the school board, High school principals will be barred from naming valedictorians and salutatorians starting in 2018.
Here we go again with the make everything fair and not hurt anyone’s feelings crowd!
The Blaze reports:
“We have heard from many, many schools that the competition has become very unhealthy,” school board chairman Tom Benton told the News & Observer. “Students were not collaborating with each other the way that we would like them to. Their choice of courses was being guided by their GPA and not their future education plans.”
The new rule, officials say, will allow students to take courses they are more interested in, rather than classes that just serve to boots their GPA. Final approval of the policy could come June 7 and, if it’s approved, state law will still require Wake County schools to record class rank based on transcripts.
By moving to a Latin honors system, which includes summa cum laude for students with a 4.25 GPA or higher and magna cum laude for students with a 4.0 to 4.249 GPA, more students will be recognized for academic achievement, instead of singling out only a couple.
Here we go again with the make everything fair and don’t hurt anyone’s feelings mantra.
When you remove “valedictorian” and “salutatorian” from a school, you also remove the incentive for some to strive for greatness.
You not only remove the inspiration for those who make it, you remove it for those who try.
While they are keeping summa cum laude and magna cum laude, those will go next for the same reasons.
This is not just happening in Wake County, North Carolina, it is getting a hold in many school districts.
In some places, instead of ranking students, the schools are appointing all those with straight A’s valedictorians and gives them special robes at graduation.
Roy Costner IV surprised the crowd who attended Liberty High School graduation at Littlejohn Colliseum in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday. He spoke for a few minutes about his family and thanked them for his Christian upbringing. He then said, “I think most of you will understand when I say, ‘Our Father, who art in heaven…” as he began to recite the Lord’s Prayer, KSBW reports.
“You couldn’t even hear him doing the prayer anymore because everybody was clapping and cheering,” Brian Hoover, a Liberty student who attended the ceremony, told the news outlet.