Rewarding Honor Students Hurts Other Students’ Feelings Says Principal

One of the core values that made America great was the concept that hard work gets rewarded.  If someone works hard and becomes a better than average athlete, he is rewarded with recognition and a big salary.  If someone studies real hard and excels in school, he usually receives special recognition by being a member of the National Honor Society and scholarships to colleges and universities.

However, David Fabrizio, principal at Ipswich Middle School in Massachusetts, doesn’t believe that honor students should be rewarded for their achievements.  Evidently, he’s more concerned about hurting the feelings of students who do not achieve honors than hurting the feelings of those that do achieve honors.

In a letter to parents, Fabrizio wrote:

“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.”

He goes on to explain that some students have more support at home which helps them achieve better grades and other students have little to no support at home, making it harder to achieve honors.  It seems that Fabrizio’s coaching background is influencing his decision because he has always felt that everyone needs to be included in things, not just those who excel.

That may be well and good for the not so talented students, but at the same time, it’s telling those students who do work hard and excel that their achievement is nothing special and they’ll get no more recognition for it than an average C student.  In my experience, the students who worked hard and excelled come to the realization that it’s not worth it so they stop working hard and stop excelling and in some cases, end up becoming complete failures.  It’s not that they can’t excel, they just say why bother.

Not desiring to hurt the feelings of other students, he has cancelled the school’s traditional Honor’s Night and instead will incorporate it into a previously planned event.  A number of parents are not happy about the decision and believe that the principal is bringing down the educational system by failing to give the special recognition to the honor students.

I agree with the parents.  He’s sending a clear message to students telling them it’s not worth the effort to be an honor student anymore.  Mediocrity is the rule and in Frabrizio’s eyes, everyone is the same, regardless if they are a straight A student or a complete failure.  Sounds to me that it’s time for the parents to go to the school district and demand a new principal.