The dumbing down of AB students

Posted December 30th, 2011 by Jim Ettwein

I was shocked to read this in the Beacon:

Acton, Mass. — Acton-Boxborough Regional High School and R.J. Grey Junior High School have elected to discontinue the practice of releasing student honor rolls for publication in the Beacon, after growing concern about pressures to succeed academically, school officials said. 

Bye Bye

After all, this is the school district that constantly asks for Prop 2-1/2 overrides.  They want ever-increasing teacher’s salaries.  They just got a new upgraded building.  And now, the respect and honor due our best students is going away.    It reminds me of that line from the movie “The Incredibles”: “…They keep inventing new ways to celebrate mediocrity, but when someone is genuinely exceptional…” 

Palace of Mediocrity?

Here we are, celebrating so many things for being exceptional:  football, baseball, community service.  But academics?  No, that’s too much pressure.  Of course, in a year, they’ll be out applying for college and they won’t be able to cite their achievements.  Too bad.
From Superintendent Mills: “…supporters also said the high number of students who make the honor roll means those who do not are apt to stand out more.”  Mill said the schools will continue to release notices about other achievements, including those in performing arts, athletics and other voluntary activities in which students participate.  Whoopee. 
Will this make our students dumber?  Not necessarily.  But they may not try as hard any more because the carrot at the end of the stick has been taken away.  The end result will be the same.
At this month’s meeting of my American Legion Post, I’m going to ask the members to reconsider offering our $2,000 annual scholarship via the ABRHS program.  Why would we want to participate in this if academic distinction is becoming meaningless?  rr

(Read more: Acton-Boxborough schools will not publish honor rolls – Acton, MA – The Beacon


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