It’s one of the those moments that makes parents equal parts proud and joyful: when your child makes the honor roll at school.
Unless you’re Beth Tillack. Her son, who is in the seventh grade, made his school’s honor roll, and she’s pissed. You’d think most parents would be grateful to the school for recognizing their kids’ achievement, but how do you really celebrate a kid with a report card containing a C and D who still made the honor roll?
The honor roll at Pasco Middle School in Dade City, Florida has 45-50 percent of the entire student body on it, according to Yahoo News. So that Tillack’s son is on it, too, despite a few low marks, is maybe not so surprising — although that doesn’t make it right. Making matters a bit more infuriating? A teacher wrote “good job” on the report card along with a smiley face.
The school’s principal agrees with Tillack that she has a right to be angry about her son’s place of esteem, although she said it was a “difficult situation.”
Principal Kim Anderson said the honor roll system is calculated by weighted grade point averages. Tillack’s son had four A’s and alongside his C and D, which put him just past the 3.15 required to make the honor roll. At least he didn’t have an F, although even that wouldn’t have disqualified him from being recognized among the best.
“The bottom line is there’s nothing honorable about making a D,” Tillack said, according to Yahoo. “I was not happy, because how can I get my child to study for a test when he thinks he’s done enough?”
Anderson said she’s not sure if anything will change, but they’re looking into it. It would seem that what they should look into is if they’re really doing kids a favor by propping them up so high. Is stroking a kid’s ego when they really don’t deserve it going to make them work harder? Or should kids be told that they’re really not all that special? What’s the incentive to work harder to bring up C and D grades when you can still be ranked among the best with them?
This isn’t the same as giving every kid a trophy just for playing on a team. Tillack is right in being mad, and the school is making a big mistake by just going by the numbers instead of taking a closer look at what they call an honor.
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