Parents, this is all your fault
Yes, that's what the principal of a middle school in Ipswich, Massachusetts is calling it. Parents who don't provide enough support at home for their children, this is the reason he's canceling Honors Night for the Middle School. "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." This is the quote from Ipswich Middle School principal David Fabrizio. He went on to say that 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.'
What?? What kind of BULLSHIT is that? Devastating?? That's not just any old bullshit. That right there is a steaming, heaping pile of the smelliest bullshit I've ever seen. We are raising such a new generation of overly-sensitive freaking babies because instead of TEACHING kids that if you TRY, you get better results, we teach them to sit back and the world will hold your hand, there is no need to try because the world OWES you everything. GOD it makes me insane. I HATE that this world is giving children such an overwhelming sense of entitlement!
What in the HELL is wrong with society these days?? I'm so freaking sick of the 'everyone plays, everyone gets a medal, we are all equal in all things' frame of mind. If a child does well, he/she should be rewarded. This is NOT rewarding the child who excels academically, it's punishing them. It's saying 'why bother? why try hard to achieve good grades? what good will it do? you're no more special than the kid who's getting B's and C's.' Well I'm sorry, but that just sucks. If my child does poorly in school, it is NOT because they aren't getting support from her parents. How about this: I have two children. One is currently getting straight A's and one is struggling a little bit and not achieving all A's. Do I love my straight A student more? Do I give her more support at home? No, I freaking DON'T. I give both my kids the same amount of love and support, equally. Does one deserve to be on the honor roll? Abso-freaking-lutely! Should she be celebrated for her academic achievements? HELLS YEAH! Does the other one try hard? Yes, she really does try. But is she going to be scarred for life because she doesn't make the honor roll or get the accolades for busting her ass and doing well? No, she's not. Because she is NOT defined by her grades.
What's going to be next? Are they going to STOP awarding academic scholarships because kids who don't have the good grades may feel bad?? Will they stop awarding athletic scholarships because it might make those less than stellar athletes feel incompetent? Oh my God come ON! That is EXACTLY where we are headed if we continue to baby this generation of kids. If you achieve greatness, you SHOULD be celebrated. You MERIT the accolades! You deserve it, sweet cheeks! But you should NOT be punished by having Honors Night taken away because of how devastating it could be to those who fall short of those achievements. I'm sorry, but that is just complete and total bullshit. What kind of message are we sending to our children? That it's okay to be mediocre?? GAH!!!! NO, it's NOT okay. STRIVE to do your best! If you fall short, TRY HARDER!!
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