Without 'Honors': Sensitive school axes ceremony

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  • Honors Night canceled since some students may feel left out
  • Principal: Not all children enjoy same level of support at home
Without 'Honors': Sensitive school axes ceremony

In the "Kumbaya" spirit of "Everybody gets a trophy!" a Massachusetts principal has decided to scrap his middle school's traditional Honors Night because it might leave some students feeling left out.

Ipswich Middle School's David Fabrizio emailed a letter to parents last week explaining Honors Night can 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 points out many students also do not receive the same level of support at home.

He plans to recognize students with top GPAs as part of a broader year-end school assembly, which will include other awards as well. But Boston's WFXT reports many parents remain unhappy with the decision which they feel denies their children the reward and recognition for their academic performance.

"What’s best for children, we believe, and this is based on research, is to have them all together and celebrate as a school," Fabrizio told WFXT.

Do you agree? Should schools hold exclusive Honors Nights, or recognize academic success at events with the entire student body? Tell us in the comments!

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