A Massachusetts principal has been criticized for canceling his school's Honors Night, saying it could be 'devastating' to the students who worked hard, but fell short of the grades.
MyFoxBoston.com reports that David Fabrizio, principal of Ipswich Middle School, notified parents last week of his plan to eliminate the event.
"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 penned in his first letter to parents, the station reported.
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.
Some parents disagree with his philosophy.
"It's been a tradition in Ipswich, and you're very proud as a parent to see your child, as well as some of the other children who made, really, some great efforts," Dave Morin, a parent, told the station.
Fabrizio says he plans to include the honors ceremony with a previously planned end of the year assembly where students will be recognized in front of the entire student body.
This is a disgrace. Recognition for a job well done is a powerful testament to build on those achievements. I feel bad for these students, and hope their parents stand up to the principal on behalf of their children.
I guess it's like little league baseball....everyone gets a trophy, or no one does. And they wonder why kids don't want to achieve.
My first thought went to little league.....then on to soccer. When my daughter played, she was between the ages of 5-8......every child had to have the same trophy, no matter what. I was team mom for two years. It was ridiculous.
The children seldom learn all they can when they are praised for nothing more than showing up.
But let me tell you, some parents want that damn trophy for their kid for doing just that.......merely showing up. *sigh*
So not having good enough grades to attend Honors Night will make others feel badly but honoring those students at the year end assembly in front of the entire school won't make those who didn't quite make the grades feel badly. That makes no sense whatsoever.