in·di·vid·u·al noun 1. a single human being, as distinguished from a group.2.a person: a distinct,
indivisible entity; a single thing, being, instance, or item. (Dictionary.com)
“’Splain to me, Lucy…” was the comical refrain demanded of Lucille Ball by her husband Desi Arnaz whenever Lucy came up with a hair-brained scheme for her to enter show business or any business endeavor in general. It was his heavily accented plea for understanding.
This posting refers to a decision to cancel “Honors Night”, a celebration of those students excelling in their studies, because less qualified students might get their feelings hurt because their performance didn’t allow them to be lauded.
School Principal David Fabrizio (Ipswich MA. School System) said: “The Honors Night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families can also be devastating who worked extremely hard in a difficult class but who, has not been able to maintain a high grade point average.” Fabrizio said he believed academic support was enhanced by a family support structure but some students don’t have supportive families so they needed to feel included in the program.
Okay; so “splain to me David”, just how’ll you support those students not making it to the “Honors” program when you hold a general assembly program? Will the names of the students not being honored be any less conspicuous for their recognizable absence from the list of people being honored? Is it possible your study of self-serving studies and extrapolated hog-wash may have holes in it large enough to drive a school bus through?
This act is symptomatic of modern education’s failure by being based on idiotic studies showcasing the egomaniacal nature of doctoral candidates and stone-headed academicians seeking validation. This action refuses to recognize individuals deserve to be noted as being above and beyond the herd mentality pushed by modern Progressive pols. It’s been stated before in this column NOBODY IS EQUAL!
Each person has strengths taking them beyond others. Each person is considered an individual; a unique person displaying special points of interest found in no other person. It’s the spirit of competition, whether between individuals or involving the individual conquering self-doubt and fears to experience the joy of attaining personal goals creates that unique person worthy of personal recognition. The individual deserves acknowledgment for his outstanding performance. Herding him/her in with those of lesser achievement dilutes the champion’s achievement and can further dilute the drive to excel.
What makes this so dumb is the Principal is formerly an athletic coach. His standing as coach when his players won? Years ago I read of a Middle School Baseball Game where the people in charge, teachers and administrator drones allowed NO scorekeeping. I asked: why?
The answer came from a highly competitive individual noted for her pursuit of greater and higher accolades for her leadership and administrative ability. She had a wall covered with plaques and certificates showing her position in her educational community. Where it concerned her accomplishments, no honor was rejected. If your kid played ball NO honor would be bestowed lest some slacker might develop a complex because he/she didn’t work as hard at scoring.
American educators are driving our children toward mediocrity, not because society is cruel, but because the people in charge can’t claim ascendancy over those they control if the controlled regularly outshine them. If it’s seen there are others, younger, smarter, leaner, meaner and more dedicated to outshining past performers with superior and greater accomplishments, the powers that be find themselves threatened. The incumbents lose stature and diminish in their own eyes. They can’t see their true triumph of what’s been accomplished. The accomplishment is based in what the ego-stricken incumbents can’t recognize: they created a worthy and regularly questing progeny seeking to excel in their own right.
But that’s not good enough. Again, the excellent must be dragged into the faceless audience to be unrecognized and unacknowledged for their specialness. They’re distanced from their potential leadership to a position of “also-ran” with the others endangering the controllers’ place in a world all their own.
Thanks for listening