What's wrong with America? Minivan driving Soccer-mom mentality is spreading into schools.....let's not keep score - everyone wins!
At Enterprise High in Alabama, the valedictorians — all 34 of them — plucked names from a hat to gain coveted speaking spots during their commencement earlier this month. And at Bluffton High in Ohio, more than 10 percent of this year’s 84-member senior class carried the title “valedictorian.”
In southwestern Oregon, the Medford Mail Tribune noticed the trend locally — Ashland High has 10 valedictorians this spring, North Medford High has 10, and South Medford has its 21. The newspaper recently published an editorial with the headline “…and all the children were above average,”
At the same time, scattered students have "gamed" the system on occasion. At Pittsburgh's North Hill Senior High, school officials decided to stop ranking classmates in 2010 because some students on the advanced-placement track had turned in medical waivers to avoid physical education, music and other specialty classes. Their reason: Had those students garnered anything less than perfect grades in those non-weighted classes, that mark have would permanently reduced their GPA, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.