Thursday, December 14, 2006

It's too stressful to encourage success

Citing Stress, School Stops Publishing Honor Roll

Richards said one parent with three children attending Needham High told him publishing the honor roll is a constant cause of stress in her family. According to that parent, one of the three students routinely made the honor roll while the other two did not.
Richards said publishing of the honor roll represented "an unhealthy focus on grades." He pointed out that there are a lot of other ways that students achieve, such as in clubs, musicals, concerts, athletics and community service.

A school recognizing its best students has an "unhealthy focus" on grades? Do they now want to give credit for AFTER school activities? Why don't we get rid of grades all together and pretend everyone has equal abilities? That sounds like the recipe for a productive and successful society. Oh, that's right, we don't want to encourage success cuz that makes other people feel bad.

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