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Many honors

Is the large number of students on local high school honor rolls diluting the academic honor?

February 21, 2012

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Not too many years ago, Lawrence public school officials visited with Journal-World representatives and urged the newspaper not to publish the names of students on the school’s honor roll. The argument was that such a listing would hurt the feelings of those who did not make the honor roll.

In the past several weeks, the Journal-World has printed the names of Lawrence High School and Free State High School students who have achieved “honor roll” status. The honorees number in the many hundreds — a number so high as to cause some readers to wonder who didn’t make the honor roll.

It’s either a case of a tremendously increased number of students doing superior work or requirements to achieve honor status being greatly relaxed. Or maybe school officials are trying to please many more students and parents and make fewer students — or their parents — feel bad.

One hopes it’s a case of more local high school students doing excellent work in their classes. If that’s the case, it reflects well on both the students and their teachers, who play an integral role in stimulating and encouraging students to learn and enjoy academic success.

Comments

Bailey Perkins 2 years, 1 month ago

Someone is finally questioning the academic success of students.

Compare students A and B. A: Has a 3.5-4.0+ GPA and has completed college level course work vs. B: Has a 3.5-4.0+ GPA and has completed lower-level, non-college level courses. Would this mean Student A deserves more than Student B?

Also, would this question the academic achievement and standards of students who focus more on ART related courses over others? There are different views towards academic success, who has the right to judge?

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btownjhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Yes it is. And one of the major problems is that some high schools use weighted grading that allows for a higher than 4.0 average. They need to do away with that.

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Kendall Simmons 2 years, 1 month ago

Rather than writing another questioning and complaining editorial, wouldn't it have made more sense to simply [have a reporter] make a couple of phone calls and ask what the standards are, how they compare to previous years...and how many total students are enrolled?

I mean, simply based on previous enrollments, 10% of the student enrollment would be at least 230 students. (And is this the school year that 9th graders were enrolled in high school? If so, that number would be higher.)

Frankly, if the honor roll requirements are like they are in other area high schools...three levels that tend to be a 3.0, a 3.5/3.67, and a 4.0...I would be FAR more concerned if hundreds of high school students in Lawrence did NOT make the honor roll, for crying out loud!!

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