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
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William

“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
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Alma

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
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Watertender

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
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Lophatt

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.

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

Lophatt
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Lophatt

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
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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 »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Supporting snowflakery.

Chemtrailssuck
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Chemtrailssuck

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

jessicrichards
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The selected Valtikulianian is traditionally the student with the highest rating, therefore it is very important for a student who makes a closing or farewell statement at the graduation ceremony. He worked throughout the year to get the highest score. Moreover, it is a historical tradition. After graduation, students are likely to go to college. There they need to write different research proposals, you can visit research proposal writing service http://www.papersowl.com, this is an excellent service, you can find everything you need here. I hope that this service will be useful for students. After all, we must help each other.