Students of Wake County in Cary, N.C., can rest easy, because everyone has a chance to be a winner now that the school board has approved of a plan to eliminate the titles of valedictorian and salutatorian to prevent “unhealthy” competition.
The News & Observer observes that the Wake County school board approved of a policy Tuesday that would henceforth prevent the naming of valedictorians and salutatorians. Instead, students with GPAs between 3.75 and 3.99 will get cum laude titles, students between 4.00 and 4.24 will be get magna cum laude titles, and students at 4.25 or above will get summa cum laude honors.
The policy is supposed to go into effect by 2019.
It’s a sort of adoption of the college honor system with Latin titles, but for somewhat unconventional reasons.
According to Chairman Tom Benton, “unhealthy” competition” and a lack of “collaborating” among students led to the decision.
“We have heard from many, many schools that the competition has become very unhealthy,” he said. “Students were not collaborating with each other the way that we would like them to. Their choice of courses was being guided by their GPA and not their future education plans.”
“We think it’s much healthier to set high expectations and high requirements for magna cum laude. The students now have a target that they can shoot for and if they achieve that they’re recognized for that,” he added. “I love competition, but there are competitions that you can measure very correctly, and they do spur people on to bigger and better things.”
Do you think this is an ‘everyone’s a winner policy’ or the right thing to do?
Wake County schools doesn’t seem to think so.