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What do you think of an honor roll that includes kids who get Cs and Ds?

Posted by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 8:30 AM
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School Deserves an 'F' for Putting D-Students on Honor Roll

by Jeanne Sager

star in classroomOh. My. Word. First it was the trophies for every kid on the soccer team. Now schools are letting just about anyone on the honor roll. Even kids who get Ds on their report card!

Confused? So was one mom at Florida's Pasco Middle School. Her son came home with a report card that showed he'd gotten a C in one class, a D in another. And despite his lackluster grades, the school had put him on the honor roll!

Beth Tillack's reaction to this inanity makes me want to give her a big ol' hug today.

Tillack freaked! As she told ABC:

The bottom line is there is nothing honorable about making a D. I was not happy, because how can I get my child to study for a test when he thinks he's done enough.

In this day of "gimme, gimme, gimme, that's my kid," this mom is actually angry that her kid made the honor roll. I think I LOVE this woman!

Can you blame her? What does the honor roll even mean if a kid can get a D and still make the list?

According to the school, they work on a point system to create their honor roll, so a bunch of As would outweigh one F enough for a kid with a failing grade to make the list. They also labeled the honor roll announcement sent home to Beth Tillack's kid as "encouragement."

I'm not buying it. What's encouraging about being told that you're already doing great shakes when you really aren't? There's nothing to strive for. And for the kids who actually do make all As, putting a kid with Cs and Ds on the same roll is downright insulting. It tells those kids that their hard work doesn't really matter; they could have slacked off and gotten the same reward.

There's an overwhelming temptation we all feel to shield our kids from hurt. We're all guilty of feeling it at times, myself included. But we need to step back and remember that the opposite of pain isn't no pain ... it's pure joy. And often the best way for our kids to obtain that is by letting them earn it. REALLY earn it.

What do you think of an honor roll that includes kids who get Cs and Ds?

by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 8:30 AM
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PinkButterfly66
by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Nope. Honor roll should be reserved for students who maintain an above average report card.. That means A's and B's only.  

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Nov. 15, 2013 at 8:42 AM
That is dumb. Rewarding kids for the wrong reason. IF a kid tried really really hard and went up from an F to a C and had effort give an effort award, but not honor roll. It takes away from an honor roll to have kids with C's and D's.
BL2010
by Silver Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Nope. That should not happen. Those aren't honor roll grades!

Liastele
by Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 8:54 AM

There is nothing honorable about C's and D's. I agree with the mom, I'd be pissed if the school implied that C's and D's were fine and celebrated them. I want my kids to try harder and only be rewarded for amazing grades.

I mean, obviously if my kid was struggling in say, math, and they went to after school tutoring 3x a week and was studying hard every night, I'd be proud of a C... but in a normal case of simply not studying and being lazy about it I'd be furious if the school honored their lack of effort.

AliKatAK47
by Bronze Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:18 AM

That is bullcrap. My kids have actually made Honor roll and student of the month. Student of the Month implies that the kid works hard and is good in class and helps others, that is a better fit for a person with Cs and Ds. To put them on the Honor Role is insulting. 

bhow
by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM

wrong, just wrong.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Nov. 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM
It dumbs down the honor roll if anyone can make it. Sick of this type of thinking. Everyone will not make the honor roll so get over it.
newwifenmom
by Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM

I say no.

Pnukey
by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 8:14 PM

There is no honor in "earning" a C or D. 

lga1965
by on Nov. 15, 2013 at 9:13 PM

 It is not an Honor Roll unless it is for A and B average students. I am sure kids know that. Including C and D students is very dumb,

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