Wait. You’re Upset that Your Child Made the Honor Roll?

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Wait. You’re upset that your child made the honor roll?

This may be extremely revealing of my character, and may even be somewhat revealing of how I’m going to be as an old man, but those honor student bumper stickers are an eyesore. Unfortunately by saying this, I might be in danger of offending a few that proudly brandish that sticker on their rear end. Speaking of the car’s rear end, of course. I always just thought it was a false sense of pride.

In fact, I actually read about a gal that would agree with me in at least one instance. Beth Tillack, mother of an honor student, was actually a little bent out of shape that her child was even considered to be worthy of adding such a decal to her bumper.

Her son came home one day with the news of having made the honor roll. Beth was a little confused by this, knowing that her son had earned both a C and a D during the previous term. In addition to the confusion that she felt, she felt a little miffed that the school would award mediocrity with such an honor.

She said, “The bottom line is there is nothing honorable about making a D … How can I get my child to study for a test when he thinks he's done enough?”

Great point, Beth. Great point.

Stuff like this, I feel, breeds and attitude of mediocrity. What if this kid gets into some sort of medical school and has to pull a certain grade just to graduate? What if he has a final test that he only has to score a 60% in order to pull the minimum grade to pass? I sure wouldn't want to be on the operating table when he is the doctor, having foregone studying the procedure that he was about to do on me.

We need to encourage the absolute best and expect nothing else. If we lower standards so that people can have shiny medals and nice prizes, no one will be better off. People will come to do the bare minimum because they know that they will get that trophy for finishing in 17th place.

Each child is different – they have their own strengths and weakness, scholastically speaking – so each child should be rewarded or encouraged differently

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For me, English and History were my strong suits. If I got even an A-, any item of the smallest value that I owned would have been off limits.

What do you think about this? Do you think that Mrs. Tillack acted in the right way? Do you think that her son deserved the honor roll because he excelled in the other subjects?

What do you think?

Wait. You’re Upset that Your Child Made the Honor Roll?

Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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2 comments

  1. mommyto2 says:

    A’s and B’s is awesome for a child that has done worse in the past! Why be upset that your child got the honor roll?! Teach them that their actions come back to them when they are older! Bad grades= not the college or career field you want!

  2. Angela says:

    When I was in school, you were only put on the honor roll if your grades never went below a B for that semester; and that was in any class.

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