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March 20, 2013 - 4:21 pm

We can’t have a culture in which success is honored, now, can we? It wouldn’t be nice.

David Fabrizio, principal of Ipswich Middle School (near Boston, of course), notified parents of his plan to eliminate the school’s Honors Night last week.

“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.

Fabrizio also said 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.

Fabrizio now says he’ll honor kids at the end of the year in one big assembly and it was never his intention to do anything otherwise. Which is a lie, and should not pass unnoticed.

I think he just didn’t go far enough. We can’t live with the possibility that someone somewhere might at some point find something devastating. He should cancel all sports, since success in sports can be influenced by diet and genes and by how maniacal some parents get by trying to live out their glory years through their kids. It’s just not fair that some kids can run faster and jump higher than others. It’s just not fair that some kids will study hard to get good grads and some kids don’t have to, and some kids are just lazy or lousy at academics. It’s Just. Not. Fair. for a school to single anyone out for anything, ever.

In fact, he should just cancel everything, give everyone an A+ and a trophy in every single sport and send them all home. It could potentially be devastating if he doesn’t.

I do feel compelled to ask a question: When did we turn our schools over to dishonest morons? When did this happen?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"Fabrizio also said 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."

Yes, not all parents do the kids' homework for them. Some are forced to do their own work.
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It is telling that the government will spend billions every year on special education but only a few million on honors programs, that is those that are left.

As for banning sports, that will never happen. Americans typically love physical achievement and disdain mental achievement. Physical attributes can be more easily seen and judged, and the value of a person assigned based on size and strength and ability to be shoved around. Intelligence on the other hand can't be easily see and is scary since you can't tell what they might be plotting, especially those solitary types who want to be left alone to study.
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Why do they even have an honors program in middle school? Why, everyone should just sit around all day and talk about their feelings.

Oh, yeah, we have honors programs for those children who are achievers, who will grow up to maximize their talent, who will become hard working taxpayers. You know, the people who are going to pay for Fabrizio's retirement. Does he think his retirement check is going to come from some unicorn farts?
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Here that? It's several more parents deciding to homeschool.
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Did he also shut down the athletic programs? Is it fair that some people are faster, stronger, or more agile than others?
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We need a Handicapper General.
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I just read this post and Hubbub comment out loud to my children, who fell over themselves laughing.
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'When did this happen?' It didn't happen overnight, although it was relatively quick. Just start in the Sixties with all the various and sundry 'reform' elements from our national government - all the Title programs, affirmative action, busing, Department of Education, 'Why Johnny Can't Read,' 'Every Child a College Graduate,' ... 'No Child Left Behind,' and down to today's 'Race to the Top.' Catchy little phrases for devastating educational mediocrity - reminiscent of the 'Great Leap Forward' that did so much to lift Mao's China into the modern age.

Then, too, much of the education in America is controlled by the children of the Sixties and their offspring. As the Existentialists liked to point out - we live in a world of the absurd and think it's normal.



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