posted on May, 23 2013 @ 12:22 PM
Okay, ATS. Let me vent. Again.
Today was the award ceremony for our school. This is the time we honor kids who had perfect attendance, made all As or As and Bs, and then each
teacher also gives an award to the students who had the highest reading and math scores. The final awards are to the two students who’ve shown the
most improvement throughout the year.
So….out of my 18 students, that’s 6 awards (not counting attendance or honor roll). Two for reading, two for math, two for most improvement. I
called the parents of those receiving awards so they could be at the ceremony to see their child get their certificate.
After everything is finished, pictures taken, etc etc, we head back to the classroom to finish the day. Not five minutes later there’s a knock on
the door and I open it to see a very angry parent.
She then proceeds to curse me vehemently, and when I calmed her down enough to ask why….its because her child didn’t win an award. She was mad
because in kindergarten, she said every child got a certificate. Apparently the teacher made up some silly awards so that each child got one, like
“The cutest smile” or “the most talkative.” So why hadn’t I given her son a certificate? Why did he not get a medal?
ATS….this is what’s wrong with our society today, IMO. When I was in school, in the 80s-early 90s, you had to EARN your grades, certificates,
prizes. They weren’t handed out like candy. There were no rewards for just showing up…and you know what? When you actually got an award, it
meant something. You knew it was because you worked your butt off, that you outperformed everyone else….it was special. And it made you more
determined than ever to strive for that award next year.
Now we have this notion that nobody’s feelings should get hurt, and everyone should get prizes. Sorry, but that’s bullcrap. If you don’t want
to put in the work, the effort, the time…then you shouldn’t get it. And who’s inspired to work hard next year if everyone gets the same
This notion of “everyone wins” doesn’t work in the real world. We are doing a real disservice to our children and our society when we delude
them into thinking that last place is just as good as first. If our children grow up thinking that mediocre is just fine….how are we as a society
going to compete globally? We are shortchanging our future with this nonsense. It needs to stop.