Schools not preparing students for a competitive world
see "High Schools Make Room at Top for Grads
Some Tap Multiple Valedictorians to Cut Rivalry, Spread Honors" (Washington Post, 6/17/06)
To the Editor:
Along with such foolishness as using purple pens because red ink on tests “is too scary”, the trend toward multiple valedictorians shows more concern with self-esteem than education, leaving our children unprepared for an increasingly competitive world.
The very idea of 41 valedictorians in a class instantly devalues the incentive for or pride in being the school’s best student. It gives a false impression that the world will reward people equally even when their skills, talent, or brains are demonstrably unequal. In such an environment, where is the motivation for someone to be the best, when just being “one of the best” is as good as you are allowed to be? Can you imagine China, India or Microsoft allowing such a policy?
“Political correctness”, while in general decline, it is still alive and well in American education to the great detriment of our children when confronted with the real world.
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