Adolf Oliver Nipples: When you get to college nobody cares whether you were a valedictorian or not, because if you were even close to being one chances are the school you're going to is filled with valedictorians and once you start college nobody cares about what you did in high school. Sure, it's a nice honor, but an hour of ego-stroking should not be what defines your life. The parents should know better.
420Gabriel: baconbeard: When I went to school, the smart kids were the ones who got a 'B' average while taking physics, math, and chemistry without doing any homework, not the ones who did 30 hours extra a week in English Lit and biology to get 'A's'I was the guy acing the tests and having people cheat off me, even though I did no homework and no studying and was high.Colleges should base entry more on intelligence than on knowledge. Make an IQ minimum, not a gpa minimum. Our colleges are filled with average to below average intelligence kids who had parents that pushed them really hard.
biscuitsngravy: My wife gave one of the most cliché-ridden salutatorian addresses in the history of high school commencement ceremonies. Nuke Laloosh-esque platitudes. When we moved last year, we were cleaning shiat out, and we come across her *typed* speech. We were in hysterics./Wife's class rank: 2 outta 396//My class rank: 312 outta 396///CSB
seadoo2006: davidt: The smartest kids are rarely the valedictorians. The valedictorians at my school:One year: cheated his way to the top and students at graduation stood and turned their backs when he spoke at graduation.One year: took only 1 semester of PE freshmen year, saved the other semester for 2nd semester senior year since 2nd semester senior year doesn't count for class rankings.One year: Got the band director to offer "honors" band and gave the student a 5.0 in band period.See the trend here? Not only that, but athletes can never be ranked number one because their sport period isn't weighted. And there have been some flipping smart athletes at this school.Grades tell me very little about you except that you are good at making a high school teacher happy. Or your lawyer parent scared a teacher into giving you an A- when you deserved a B+.What the f*ck is a sport period? Is this a public school thing? Serious, private school kid here and we we required to take 8 classes every semester from 7:55am to 2:40pm, all four years with no 'free' periods.
Bullseyed: If you didn't take STEM ap classes, you shouldn't be eligible for any class ranking.
Boo_Guy: hasty ambush: They also need to get rid of Cheerleading. The conflicts that happen when somebodies daughter is not of the first squad are akin to open warfare. Now days every girl who goes out for cheerleading makes the team (to avoid lawsuits) but they have different squads.This is just crazy talk, how else would we be able to stare at firm young teens naughty areas and have everyone be ok with it if we didn't have cheerleading?
Mugato: angry parents paying a visit to the superintendent when a son or daughter lost out, sometimes by hundredths of a percentage point.Those parents need a good coont punch.
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