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(Opposing Views)   School cancels special night for honors students so that the future middle management of America doesn't get sad. Please grab a participation trophy on your way out   (opposingviews.com) divider line 213
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2014-05-20 08:32:05 PM  
The people who submit Opposing Views links are surpassed in meritlessness only by the people who "write" the articles for Opposing Views, who themselves are surpassed only by the people who actually manage the site, who themselves are surpassed only by the people who submit Opposing Views links.
 
2014-05-20 08:57:17 PM  
Because that's exactly what we need: removing the few moments the smart kids get in the sun so there is even less reason to excell.
 
2014-05-20 09:02:24 PM  
Getting recognition for one's achievements is something that we humans crave

Pomp and circumstance helps our self-esteem.

Wont someone think of those kids who are actually those who achieve?
 
2014-05-20 09:08:01 PM  
American anti-intellectualism is going to ruin us
 
2014-05-20 09:09:09 PM  

Aarontology: American anti-intellectualism is going to ruin us


Its the idea of ultimate fairness that is the problem here

People want complete equality. Problem is is thats not how the world works.
 
2014-05-20 09:09:27 PM  

Aarontology: American anti-intellectualism is going to ruin us


Okay, enough commentary on Opposing Views. We get it.
 
2014-05-20 09:28:33 PM  
Meanwhile, a coach was fired for yelling at his under-performing team's half-assed play.

It's as if excellence is too much to demand these days.
 
2014-05-20 09:53:47 PM  

Pocket Ninja: The people who submit Opposing Views links are surpassed in meritlessness only by the people who "write" the articles for Opposing Views, who themselves are surpassed only by the people who actually manage the site, who themselves are surpassed only by the people who submit Opposing Views links.


Whoa...

/It's like an oroboros of obtuse
//mind... circularly blown
 
2014-05-20 10:33:32 PM  
Bow down before the mediocracy.
None are special so we are all special.
 
2014-05-20 10:33:53 PM  
So the SCHOOL can only recognize sports achievement, not academic achievement in school.
just call the schools and colleges sports clubs.
 
2014-05-20 10:34:02 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Pocket Ninja: The people who submit Opposing Views links are surpassed in meritlessness only by the people who "write" the articles for Opposing Views, who themselves are surpassed only by the people who actually manage the site, who themselves are surpassed only by the people who submit Opposing Views links.

Whoa...

/It's like an oroboros of obtuse
//mind... circularly blown


1.bp.blogspot.com

Mine too.
 
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2014-05-20 10:34:16 PM  
What does subby have against middle managers?
 
2014-05-20 10:35:20 PM  
I don't think honors students have ever cared about a special night to honor their being honors students.  Ever.

Ever.
 
2014-05-20 10:37:59 PM  
A Rhode Island... ...too "exclusive."

Of all things of that nature in New England, I'm sure that honors recognition is way far down the list of things deemed to be "exclusive".
 
2014-05-20 10:38:28 PM  

Dafatone: I don't think honors students have ever cared about a special night to honor their being honors students.  Ever.

Ever.


We can tell who wasn't an honors student.
 
2014-05-20 10:39:28 PM  
So let me get this straight: they're cancelling the honors student night, which honors students that have achieved academically, but they're keeping the awards program for the athletes.

This says more about our education system than we know.
 
2014-05-20 10:40:20 PM  
America: first in self-esteem, last in math and science.
 
2014-05-20 10:40:46 PM  

pueblonative: So let me get this straight: they're cancelling the honors student night, which honors students that have achieved academically, but they're keeping the awards program for the athletes.

This says more about our education system than we know.


Yeah. They really fumbled the ball on this one.
 
2014-05-20 10:41:01 PM  
On the bright side, practically all of the honors students will receive one less beating from their first generation parents for not being the *most* honored at their special event.
 
2014-05-20 10:41:06 PM  

bwilson27: Dafatone: I don't think honors students have ever cared about a special night to honor their being honors students.  Ever.

Ever.

We can tell who wasn't an honors student.


Er... might wanna get your honors radar checked.

Great.  Now I feel like a dick just for saying that.

Point is, what kid wants to go back to school or a school function on a night?
 
2014-05-20 10:41:25 PM  
So are we griping that they get a special prize for doing what they're supposed to, or are we feigning outrage because they're not getting a special prize for doing what they're supposed to?

There's so many ways to whine about things that I'm not involved in.
 
2014-05-20 10:41:49 PM  

cchris_39: America: first in self-esteem, last in math and science.


Basic formula for creating a sociopath.
 
2014-05-20 10:42:43 PM  
I remember when the honors students were paraded in front of all us dimwits at special mandatory attended assemblies in middle school and high school.  Both times I had the same feeling of having just as much interest in their academic careers as they did in mine.
 
2014-05-20 10:42:44 PM  
It sounds to me like this event is the honor student version of a participation trophy.
 
2014-05-20 10:43:07 PM  

Dafatone: bwilson27: Dafatone: I don't think honors students have ever cared about a special night to honor their being honors students.  Ever.

Ever.

We can tell who wasn't an honors student.

Er... might wanna get your honors radar checked.

Great.  Now I feel like a dick just for saying that.

Point is, what kid wants to go back to school or a school function on a night?


My daughter. She's an honors student.
 
2014-05-20 10:43:17 PM  

Dafatone: I don't think honors students have ever cared about a special night to honor their being honors students.  Ever.

Ever.


The ones who only barely get in always want recognition. The ones who deserve to be in honors classes already know they're smarter than everyone else and are usually too busy doing cool shiat anyway.
 
2014-05-20 10:44:13 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: pueblonative: So let me get this straight: they're cancelling the honors student night, which honors students that have achieved academically, but they're keeping the awards program for the athletes.

This says more about our education system than we know.

Yeah. They really fumbled the ball on this one.


So.... nothing's changed since I went to school way back in the day? Athletics have always been a top priority in schools. When budgets are going to get cut, art, music, and the humanities are always cut before athletics. Always.
 
2014-05-20 10:44:34 PM  
But...but...Ball throwin' ....ain't that whut REALLY matters?
 
2014-05-20 10:45:31 PM  

ArkAngel: even less reason to excell.


Excellant.
 
2014-05-20 10:46:24 PM  
My mom is in elementary education.  This kind of shiat started happening in the early 2000's at her school.  The then-principal told all the teachers that any games played in the classroom had to include a prize for everyone, not just first, second, or third.

That said, as someone who made straight A's in elementary school and most of middle school (fell off that wagon in highschool,) I guess I really didn't CARE about the awards, but my parents sure did.
 
2014-05-20 10:46:37 PM  

Kimothy: Danger Avoid Death: pueblonative: So let me get this straight: they're cancelling the honors student night, which honors students that have achieved academically, but they're keeping the awards program for the athletes.

This says more about our education system than we know.

Yeah. They really fumbled the ball on this one.

So.... nothing's changed since I went to school way back in the day? Athletics have always been a top priority in schools. When budgets are going to get cut, art, music, and the humanities are always cut before athletics. Always.


Well they need all that support so they can serve me my food and feel proud that they got the team building skills necessary in order to get a communications degree to do so.
 
2014-05-20 10:48:04 PM  
You can bet some of those less-than-honors students will still grow up to believe the world is being controlled by an exclusive group of shadowy intelligentsia. So, wasted gesture.
 
2014-05-20 10:48:17 PM  

cman: Getting recognition for one's achievements is something that we humans crave

Pomp and circumstance helps our self-esteem.

Wont someone think of those kids who are actually those who achieve?


He high achievers will get plenty of awards in the future; it's the ones who aren't getting awards now who need them the most.
 
2014-05-20 10:50:31 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: So are we griping that they get a special prize for doing what they're supposed to, or are we feigning outrage because they're not getting a special prize for doing what they're supposed to?

There's so many ways to whine about things that I'm not involved in.


Neither. We are whining that a school said they were going to do domething then backtracked when someone "what about the dumb kids?"ed.

Your attempt at framing was good though.
 
2014-05-20 10:51:51 PM  

Shakin_Haitian: Kimothy: Danger Avoid Death: pueblonative: So let me get this straight: they're cancelling the honors student night, which honors students that have achieved academically, but they're keeping the awards program for the athletes.

This says more about our education system than we know.

Yeah. They really fumbled the ball on this one.

So.... nothing's changed since I went to school way back in the day? Athletics have always been a top priority in schools. When budgets are going to get cut, art, music, and the humanities are always cut before athletics. Always.

Well they need all that support so they can serve me my food and feel proud that they got the team building skills necessary in order to get a communications degree to do so.


The Director of Marketing where I work has a B.A. in Communications. Makes almost 5 times as much as I do.

Your snark is cute, but really really old.
 
2014-05-20 10:52:14 PM  

pueblonative: So let me get this straight: they're cancelling the honors student night, which honors students that have achieved academically, but they're keeping the awards program for the athletes.

This says more about our education system than we know.


Hey, watch it.  Besides being part of the popular crowd at school, getting invited to all the parties, banging the best looking girls, missing school for traveling games, and getting an undeserved pass in chemistry because Coach needs you on the team to win, what else do high school athletes get?  I think it's time for the honors students to give their fair share.
 
2014-05-20 10:52:34 PM  

cman: People want complete equality. Problem is is thats not how the world works.


Which people are those? And did you ask them what they mean by "equality"? Defining it seems like a prerequisite to dismissing the concept.
 
2014-05-20 10:53:04 PM  
I was always in that crap in Jr High.  I missed out on NHS my junior year in high school because I went to in-school suspension for a day because some stupid biotch kept saying hit me hit me hit me so I lightly punched her in the arm.  She went to the principal, he knew it was BS but had to do something, so we BOTH got one day in the hole.  Shortly after they had the induction ceremony crap.  The day of it in English class there were about 5 inductees ALL BLATANTLY CHEATING on a math exam that one student got the copy of ahead of time.  I just laughed and laughed.  Next year the school announced one day that the invitations or whatever would be passed out during one period that same day.  When my name was called I went to the door, read the invitation from the teacher/sponsor, crumpled it up, and dropped it on the floor.

/Academic all state football and defensive team captain FTW
//cool story bro
///csb
 
2014-05-20 10:54:01 PM  
OV;DR
(Opposing Views; Didn't Read)
 
2014-05-20 10:55:30 PM  
The lesson here is that no matter what you do, someone is going to be offended.
 
2014-05-20 10:55:38 PM  

Hyjamon: cman: Getting recognition for one's achievements is something that we humans crave

Pomp and circumstance helps our self-esteem.

Wont someone think of those kids who are actually those who achieve?

He high achievers will get plenty of awards in the future; it's the ones who aren't getting awards now who need them the most.


Yes, rewarding mediocrity drives excellence.

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2014-05-20 10:56:09 PM  

bighairyguy: The lesson here is that no matter what you do, someone is going to be offended.


So fark em all.
 
2014-05-20 10:58:33 PM  

pueblonative: So let me get this straight: they're cancelling the honors student night, which honors students that have achieved academically, but they're keeping the awards program for the athletes.

This says more about our education system than we know.


I figured out a long time that education takes the back back seat to sports a long time ago, and it continues to give me a sad.

There wasn't special recognition for academic achievement--not for honors students, not for gifted/talented students--but the athletes got a huge, two-hour ceremony with decorations and hundreds of trophies and crap because...why?

Although...I got to have English and maths classes with fewer than ten students in a class, which gave us huge opportunities to actually engage with the teacher (and do things that would have otherwise been frowned upon--we oftentimes collaborated on tests). And I got a nice tassel on my gown for graduation, and it probably helped me get into college that much easier and excel in college.

/Screw athletes
//Were it not for the demand of football programs, schools could afford new books every fifty years
 
2014-05-20 10:58:37 PM  
Dafatone:

Er... might wanna get your honors radar checked.

Is that a thing now?

I have the sarcasm detector and the gaydar but I didn't know this was available!
 
2014-05-20 10:58:47 PM  

Aarontology: American anti-intellectualism is going to ruin us


Ideally.
 
2014-05-20 11:00:18 PM  
In my high school, the majority of the honors students were white, came from money, and had parents with enough leisure time to help their kids in school.

Just sayin
 
2014-05-20 11:00:51 PM  

maram500: pueblonative: So let me get this straight: they're cancelling the honors student night, which honors students that have achieved academically, but they're keeping the awards program for the athletes.

This says more about our education system than we know.

I figured out a long time that education takes the back back seat to sports a long time ago, and it continues to give me a sad.

There wasn't special recognition for academic achievement--not for honors students, not for gifted/talented students--but the athletes got a huge, two-hour ceremony with decorations and hundreds of trophies and crap because...why?



So druken loser dads could relive their glory days and maybe make a few side bets? That trumps education any day.
 
2014-05-20 11:01:31 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: In my high school, the majority of the honors students were white, came from money, and had parents with enough leisure time to help their kids in school.

Just sayin


If you want to succeed in life, choose your parents well.
 
2014-05-20 11:04:15 PM  

pueblonative: So let me get this straight: they're cancelling the honors student night, which honors students that have achieved academically, but they're keeping the awards program for the athletes.

This says more about our education system than we know.


The funny part is how few things in the real world you can "win". It never stops, there's always another goal to meet.  Getting a job or a promotion is only a foot in the door.  You still have to work to prove your worth.

Sports is a terrible model for anything.
 
2014-05-20 11:04:20 PM  

bwilson27: So druken loser dads could relive their glory days and maybe make a few side bets? That trumps education any day.


Having a few driks doesn't make you a druken loser.
 
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