Indicative of the times we live, it seems as though society has become dull to the point where tolerance has swung to the extremes. Now complacent in an “everyone’s a winner” – and socialist – mindset a Rhode Island School has recently announced that they will no longer be putting on honor’s night as it is too “exclusive,” in nature.
Reports of the story come out of Archie R. Cole Middle School in East Greenwich, RI, where the school principal has announced that students worthy of praise will no longer be getting their own special night, but will instead be honored during, “team-based recognition ceremonies and graduation.”
A letter detailing the decision was sent out to parents over the weekend where School Principal Alexis Meyer and Assistant Principal Dan Seger explained that, “Members of the school community have long expressed concerns related to the exclusive nature of Honors Night.”
They further noted that by holding the ceremonies during “team-based ceremonies,” it will, “afford us the opportunity to celebrate the individual and collective success of all students and their effort, progress and excellence.”
Adding just a bit more irony to the matter, “Cole varsity athletes will get medals and trophies at an after school ceremony.” Surprising this hasn’t yet been deemed too “exclusive,” for those students less physically active.
This kind of mindset is exactly what’s wrong with America today and is a far cry from the original intent of this nation where if you wanted something, you were going to have to work for it. Now instead, lackadaisical and less than satisfactory students are being able to piggyback off the success of hard working students.
Needless to say, parents are none too pleased over the matter either as Joe Kosloski recently mentioned to the local ABC affiliate, “How else are they suppose to learn coping skills, not just based on success, but relative failure? It might not be failure, but understand what it takes to achieve high levels.”
Is this sort of thing what we really want to be teaching our future generations? Is the real world going to give these students, later when they’re adults, a pat on the back and say, “it’s ok, you did good enough”? Let us know what you think of this whole “everyone’s a winner” mindset in the comments below.