Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Citing Stress, School Stops Publishing Honor Roll

Really, no sense in introducing students to stress as it might actually prepare them for the real world.

NEEDHAM, Mass. -- A Massachusetts school's decision has brought about mixed feelings from the community.

Needham High School has abandoned its long-standing practice of publishing the names of students who make the honor roll in the local newspaper.

Principal Paul Richards said a key reason for stopping the practice is its contribution to students' stress level in "this high-expectations-high-achievement culture." The proposal to stop publishing the honor roll came from a parent. Richards took the issue before the school council, which approved it. Parents were notified of the decision last month.

Richards said he received about 60 responses from both parents and students, and the feedback has been evenly split for and against.

Richards said one parent with three children attending Needham High told him publishing the honor roll is a constant cause of stress in her family. According to that parent, one of the three students routinely made the honor roll while the other two did not.

Next brilliant idea.....grades based on "perceived effort" rather than actual performance.

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