Ohio school removes valedictorian, salutatorian honors to better students’ mental wellness

Why don’t we teach children the mechanisms they need to cope with competitive situations, of which many students will face in their futures?

Fox News: An Ohio high school announced Thursday that they will be eliminating valedictorian and salutatorian honors starting next year in an effort to improve students’ mental wellness.

Officials with Mason High School, located in a Cincinnati suburb, said they were removing the honors and will instead recognize “students who have achieved outstanding academic success through a multitude of pathways,” Principal Bobby Dodd said in a statement, according to FOX 19 NOW.

Dodd said the move would help curb the competitive culture at the school and permit students to focus on other things. The school would continue to recognize those with a high average. Students who have achieved a 4.0 GPA or higher will earn summa cum laude. Students with a 3.75 to 3.99 GPA will receive magna cum laude honors. Those with a 3.51 to 3.74 will earn designated cum laude. The school originally recognized one valedictorian and salutatorian based on a students’ GPA ranking.

“The paradoxical nature of class rank within the culture of MHS does nothing to decrease the competition among students,” Dodd said.

The school said it would also start a half hour later starting next year and are working on giving students less work during the summer. The district stated the changes came following a year-long study and group meetings where staff, families and students attended.

Former student Samantha Segerman told WCPO she remembered having a “few mental breakdowns” in fear of dropping rankings. “I know there were kids well over a 4.0 who were barely in the top 10 percent,” Segerman told WCPO.

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William
William
1 year ago

“students who have achieved outstanding academic success through a multitude of pathways,” In other words anything but actually doing the work. Did you read your assignment? No, but I watched a youtube video on it. A year-long study and group meetings to address the feels of “students”. Does anyone still wonder why a third of millennials “aren’t sure” if the earth is round? And poor little Samantha Segerman had “mental breakdowns” over fear of dropping in rank. Wait till you get to the real world Samantha. And how can there be kids “well over 4.0”? I guess it never occurred… Read more »

Alma
Alma
1 year ago

Hell, if a student is a Valedictorian it is owed to the parents, mentor and the like and HE/SHE must be recognized and honored. Dumbasses make no effort to advance so let’s recognize them for what they are.

Watertender
Watertender
1 year ago

Another brick in the wall of self esteem. Kids are so used to having sunshine blown up their asses and this is just more proof. Everyone gets a trophy and can be anything they want to be. Constructive criticism might damage their all important self esteem. Even the worst paper turned in gets a star and comments like “Awesome”…. I had plenty of red correction marks on my papers because of dyslexia which was not figured out until later. I was not a good student but those red pen marks did not ruin my life… Kids are being short changed… Read more »

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago

First, how does one “go over” 4.0? So the “problem” is that some students are better achievers than others? The “goal” is that all cattle are alike?

I get this but I don’t see why parents would allow it. As usual, we are to merely be observers in our lives with no input into what “the authorities” do. That’s the job of the Central Committee.

Jackie Puppet
1 year ago
Reply to  Lophatt

I think they go over 4.0 due to extra credit.

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago
Reply to  Jackie Puppet

Maybe that would work if I saw the math.

Chemtrailssuck
Chemtrailssuck
1 year ago
Reply to  Jackie Puppet

I got electrocuted in biology for extra credit (I needed it- the credit, not the zapping).

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago
Reply to  Chemtrailssuck

I’ll bet you just got “shocked”, otherwise we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

William
William
1 year ago
Reply to  Jackie Puppet

They probably get extra credit just for showing up

CalGirl
CalGirl
1 year ago
Reply to  Lophatt

They get “extra credit” for taking AP classes (Advanced Placement classes) that, if and when they take an exam for and score high on a score of 1-4 upon completion of the class….gives them college credit for the course work, which not only gives them the “free transferrable credit (to a college who will accept it), but the elevated high school graduation points above a 4.0.

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago
Reply to  CalGirl

Wanna know something? Ask a teacher! Thanks.

TrailDust
Admin
1 year ago

These people from Hell are destroying our society as fast as they can.

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago

Here’s another example of roughly the same thing:

https://www.independentsentinel.com/hs-honor-student-quotes-trump-is-barred-from-the-honor-society/

This is what happens when one refuses to follow the herd.

Jackie Puppet
1 year ago

One thing they should get rid of then, is all of the other honor societies that kids get named to. At my graduation, all National Honor Society students had gold tassels, instead of one in the school colors, and they got to sit in front of all the other students. At my daughter’s graduation, there was a whole bunch of different societies, and the kids were allowed to sit with whomever they wanted, instead of alphabetical seating. I almost missed seeing her get her diploma amid the numerous illegal alien students that also got through. I barely got one picture.… Read more »

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago
Reply to  Jackie Puppet

Yeah, I graduated halfway through my senior year and was enrolled at UC Davis. I came back for my graduation ceremony in June.

There were about 1,500 in my graduating class. Singling anyone out wasn’t easy. I think the societies can have a positive effect for many students. Everyone likes recognition.

We can always do a better job. I don’t think lowering the bar is a “better job”. We want people to be all they can be. They want mediocrity .

William
William
1 year ago
Reply to  Jackie Puppet

I had an academic upbringing. My father was a teacher; if I wanted to go out on the weekend he’d say stay home and review your Latin. I lost interest in academics by the time I reached high school, it was the 60’s, I was into other things. What got me through was basketball because it required self-discipline. There is zero emphasis on academic discipline now, only feels. This has produced a regression to the mean, a trend toward mediocrity, particularly evident in “science”. Now we have for instance “astrophysicist” Neil deGrasse Tyson, an utter bonehead who is wrong about… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Supporting snowflakery.

Chemtrailssuck
Chemtrailssuck
1 year ago

More evidence of dumbing down. I hear some schools don’t fail students anymore, is that true?

Jackie Puppet
1 year ago
Reply to  Chemtrailssuck

Probably. After a kid reaches a certain age, the goal is to get them graduated. I had a friend held back after either 8th or 9th grade. Holding back after that will probably lead to them dropping out. Schools are more concerned with how many they graduate, not if they’re deserving of it.

jessicrichards
jessicrichards
1 year ago

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