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MA High School Principle decides to punish the top achievers, because it wouldn't be fair.....

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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. 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.

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by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 8:58 PM
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by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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Quoting btamilee:

I wonder if the are cancelling the sports awards night, and pep rallies or any other sports oriented school functions?  After all....we wouldn't want those who don't excel in sports to get hurt feelings...

I wouldn't look for any award nights, etc. involving sports to be cancelled. Sports, after all, are pretty much a "sacred cow", especially football. Athletes are to be looked up to, admired and honored...a top notch student with high grades...not so much.
by Bronze Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Don't crush the feelings of the children, lol. Imagine how terrible it would be if kids felt bad that someone got a better grade than them. *eyeroll* Everyone wins :D Let's give all of the snowflakes a trophy for showing up at school as legally required.

by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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We need to teach kids not to confuse effort with accomplishment.

There will always be someone better than you at something.

by Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:25 AM

So instead of an honors night, where presumably the only attendees will be the honors recipients and their families, the honors students will be called out (recognized) in front of the student body at an assembly... hmmm... seems to me that would be more emotionally devastating to those poor hardworking kids who fell short of the mark...

EVERY kid can not make the team.  EVERY kid does not get an award... that is LIFE.  Better get used to it now if they managed to get to high school and not realize it...

by Emerald Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:47 AM
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we are becoming a nation of people who strive for mediocrity.
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by Destiny on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Smh. Just disgusting. Life isn't fair. Wahwah. Can't imagine why kids need their mommies to hold their hands at interviews and call their college professors for them. The pussification of America's youth continues. Gag me. 


by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM
This who PC BS about not hurting kids feelings is well, BS.

Kids have to learn that they can't always win or be acknowledged.

These kids are already entering society feeling like things need to be handed to them.

We are so screwed.
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by Silver Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM
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The article clearly states that the special program honoring the top students will not be held. Instead, at another regularly scheduled year end ceremony for all students some mention will be made of the honors students.

Quoting autodidact:

the article says both that he's cancelling it, and that it will be held later in a different format. 

Quoting grandmab125:

 Try again.....It's the principal who makes no sense, not the article.

Quoting autodidact:

This article makes no sense


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by Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM
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I'm a staunch liberal but I disagree with this completely.  The real world is not like this.  You only get a trophy in life if you earn it.  This is why our kids are entitled and lazy! Life isn't fair, and kids who work hard should be honored with academic acheivement awards.  Welcome to life, where you don't get catered to simply because you exist and have feelings.  Sorry, but if you want recognition, you've got to get it and earn it.  Shame on this principal. 

by A.Ham on Mar. 21, 2013 at 11:19 AM

The Principal best knows the students, and so is in the best position to make these kinds of decisions. 

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