Massachusetts principal calls off Honors Night because it could be 'devastating' to students who missed mark
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.
..."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.Here's my one question: Does the school have tryouts for football, basketball, baseball, and other team sports?
I mean, it's pretty devastating to try out for a team only to find out that you haven't made the cut, right? You might be the hardest working person trying out for the basketball team - I mean, shooting hoops outside until it gets dark, practicing dribbling until it's second nature, etc. - but if you're 4' 11" and you're trying out against ten guys who are all over 6' 5", you're not very likely to make the team. Ditto the 5'2", 95 pound linebacker wanna-be. Yes, there may be a handful of students who try really, really hard but still can't make the honor roll. I suspect, though, that these students aren't the ones complaining.
Let me tell you something. Growing up as a "gifted" student, as well as being a chubby kid with little ability in sports and even less interest, I was a frequent target for the more pituitarily gifted kids. Smart kids make dumb kids feel really bad about themselves, and when they feel bad about themselves they lash out - sometimes physically, sometimes verbally. When they tell you that all you need to do to stop being bullied is hit back, they never explain how you're supposed to do that when you're the smallest boy in the class and there are four larger boys pounding the hell out of you.
The dumb kids feel bad on Honors Night? Maybe they should spend more time cracking a book and less time beating the hell out of the smart kid who just wants to be left alone and read his book.
That is all.