Ipswich, MA School: EVERYONE’S An “Honor” Student. Even If They’re Not!

“If everybody’s super…nobody is.” — The Incredibles.

Ipswich (MA) Middle School is cancelling “Honors Night,” and replacing it with “Everyone Gets Celebrated” event. Why?

Because it’s just too painful for the kids who don’t make the Honor Roll.

“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,” Principal David Fabrizio wrote to parents.

Fabrizio also said he decided to make the change because academic success can be influenced by the amount of support a student receives at home and not all students receive the same level of emotional and academic support at home.

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Yeah, why should students be kept out of the Honors Night just because they didn’t earn any actual “honors?” And if one set of parents works hard to make sure their kid does his homework, and another set of parents lets their kid skip school work and stay up until 2AM playing XBox, why shouldn’t they have the same outcome? It’s only fair, right?

This is nothing new to the many schools that have–no joke–an “Effort Roll” in addition to the Honor Roll.

And in Swampscott, MA, they’ve got the “Commended Roll.” Whatever that is.

Then there are schools like Needham, MA that have cancelled Honors of any kind altogether.

Ipswich’s Fabrizio says that having a “everybody comes” event is the best way to inspire the kids who failed to earn Honors.

The best way to inspire the kids who did achieve Honors?

Uh…no comment.


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