The persistent and staggering lack of sanity among public school administrators was on full display with the recent decision of a Massachusetts middle school principal concerning a traditional ceremony for honor students.
David Fabrizio sent an email to parents informing them the Ipswich Middle School honors night will henceforth be open to a wide segment of the student population.
On the school website, he expanded on the change, calling the new program “an all-inclusive ceremony during the day in the presence of the entire student body.”
When leftists begin tossing around the word “inclusive,” one should recognize the sign to proceed with caution.
In a subsequent interview, Fabrizio said the school’s “best students were being honored exclusively” while “those who needed that motivation weren’t there.”
Honestly, I’m not entirely sure this man understands the definition of the word “motivation.”
Enjoying a night set aside for students and family to recognize curricular achievements fails to serve as a motivating factor if the entire school is now invited.
By the same token, this change is not doing those with lower grades any favors by minimizing the achievements of their peers.
Thankfully, many have lashed out against the ridiculous notion, though the principal shows no sign of backing down.
“This isn’t the dumbing down of America” or “everyone gets a trophy,” he said, indicating many individuals have sent him supportive emails.
I guess there’s no way to disprove him without access to his account; but even if the parents of all the school’s C- and D-students expressed fawning praise, does that mean his ridiculous plan suddenly have merit?
Should I be invited to the Peabody Awards (please?) even though I’ve (unbelievably) never been nominated? I’m a journalist and broadcaster, and I try hard.
Of course not; and the more schools instill the notion into the next generation that they’re entitled to everything without earning it, the more trouble we’re going to be in as a culture.
It doesn’t look good.
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