Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Question: Should Schools End the Valedictorian Picks?

Some schools are doing away with having a valedictorian picked at all to lead the graduation. I think it's more of a good thing because valedictorian is a high bar to set especially when the school is large. The vast majority of students never have a chance, and the small few that have a chance obsess over their grades and feel the pressure most likely. I don't even remember my high school's valedictorian either, so I don't think it mattered much that they became number one. 

Should they end it? 

10 comments:

  1. True, maintaining a high GPA all year is pretty rough, but it's the one award that no one ever fights over and thinks that someone else should get, because it's based strictly on numbers and performance. But I agree, a year later no one really remembers who that person is unless you're friends or related to the valedictorian. Great topic! Hugs...

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  2. Hmm, I'd have to think about that one.

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  3. I am one to keep up the traditions, but so saying, times do change!

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  4. Ummmm, interesting food for thought. I never gave this a thought, I'll have to think about it for a minute. Ok, time's up. I still don't have an opinion on it.

    Great post, very thought provoking.

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  5. Unheard of in Australia - thank God for that.
    Colin

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  6. No. I think it should be continued. Even though I was never in the running.

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  7. I don't think that the tradition of picking a valedictorian should be abandoned. I think that students should be encouraged to strive for that and other honors, if that is their choice. Kids who obsess over their grades are likely perfectionists and will obsess anyway. Others may not remember valedictorians, but guaranteed the valedictorian will. People don't always achieve an honor or prize or accomplishment they are working for, but that is not always a bad things. They learn, hopefully, resilience and that life isn't always fair ~ important lessons!

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  8. I think it they should keep it. Kids need to feel to good about being picked for something academic rather than sports. No one seems to be failed any more so why not have the Valedictorian.

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  9. My daughter took all high honors classed and AP classes throughout high school. She remained #1 in her class all the way to 12th grade. The kids that were just below her opted to take the normal classes in 12th grade while my daughter pushed herself further with more high honors and AP courses. She ended up with an A- in one of her classes the first grading period of 12th grade, which knocked her to 4th place out of the whole school and took her out of the running for valedictorian. The kids that took the easier classes moved up a spot and received recognition at graduation. Had the grades been weighted, she would have remained several points ahead of the class valedictorian. I feel the spot should have been rightfully hers due to the her outstanding grades in the extremely difficult classes she took. It was disappointing for her, but in the grand scheme of things, it really doesn't matter. My sister-in-law was valedictorian and is living in her parent's basement at 50 years of age. It's just a title that doesn't make much of a difference out in the real world.

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