Top of your class? Who cares!
A High School in Mason, Ohio has eliminated their valedictorian salutatorian honors in order to help the “mental wellness” of other students,” according to Fox19.
Instead of the two honors bestowed on the two highest achievers, Mason High School located in a Cincinnati suburb will stick with the Latin honors system – awarding students with a 4.0 GPA summa cum laude, those with a 3.75 – 3.99 GPA magna cum laude, and those with a GPA between 3.51 and 3.74 as cum laude.
The school is also going to begin classes 30 minutes later next year, and are also considering reducing the amount of homework after school and during summer vacation.
If only the real world were so accommodating!
“This will help reduce the overall competitive culture at MHS to allow students to focus on exploring learning opportunities that are of interest to them,” said Principal Bobby Dodd.
“Currently, we’ve recognized one valedictorian and one salutatorian based upon the ranking of students according to their weighted GPA. Although Mason High School utilizes class rank to determine these graduation honors for each senior class, the ranking of students is not reported to colleges. The paradoxical nature of class rank within the culture of MHS does nothing to decrease the competition among students.”
Whatever that means.
The new recognition system sans valedictorian and salutatorian awards will begin with students graduating in the class of 2020, so all those straight-A freshmen and sophomores who were dead set on being the best will have to settle for a group participation award.