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No Valedictorians; Is This School’s “everyone’s a winner” Approach Coddling?

By: Krystle Crossman

It seems that these days we as a society are more concern with not hurting other people’s feelings than we are living life keeping with tradition. Schools around the country are trying to spare the feelings of students in graduating classes by getting rid of the valedictorian and salutatorian honors. Generally these are given out to the top two students in the class based on their grades and GPA. However schools are now thinking that this hurts the feelings of the other students in class when they do not receive the top honor. They feel that students are so busy competing for this top award that they are not getting as much as they could out of their time in high school. But many parents feel like this is just a way to coddle kids who may complain even though they have not put in the work that they should have in order to get that top spot.

Wake County in North Carolina is one of the most recent school districts to adopt this new policy. They no longer put a badge by the top students in the yearbook, there are no more speeches at graduation from students, and the students will no longer be lead in by the valedictorian. The school district says that these top honors are promoting unhealthy competition between the students. They will be starting this new initiative in 2019. They are going to be assigning honors to students with GPAs that are over 3.75 that are much like those in college. The Latin honor tiers are cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude. Unfortunately for the top two students, they will no longer get the honors to show on their college applications.

Are schools that are taking away the top honors coddling kids? How will this teach them about real life where there is competition everywhere? When adults get into the workforce there are no excuses. If you work hard you can earn your spot and get promotions. If you don’t work as hard as someone else they are going to get the promotion whether it hurts your feelings or not. How do you feel about the valedictorian and salutatorian honors being taken away?

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