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ANOTHER GREAT MOMENT IN EDUCATION – FROM THE NEW YORK POST: A school district in Colorado has plans to do away with valedictorian awards at its high schools. Starting with the class of 2026, the Cherry Creek School District in western Arapahoe County, Colorado, will not give special recognition to students who have earned the highest grade-point average in their class at graduations, according to FOX 31 Denver KDVR. The school district notified parents about the ceremonial change in a recent newsletter, the local news station reported. The newsletter said faculty have found the tradition no longer appropriate for their students.  “The practices of class rank and valedictorian status are outdated and inconsistent with what we know and believe of our students,” said the letter, which is dated March 9, 2022. “We believe all students can learn at high levels, and learning is not a competition.” Instead of having the highest-ranking student deliver a graduation farewell address, the Cherry Creek School District will acknowledge academic achievements “through various other ways,” including an honor roll, GPA honor cords at graduation, and department- and school-specific award ceremonies.The letter claims the Cherry Creek School District consulted local schools, colleges and universities in Colorado to ensure its decision to eliminate valedictorian distinction does not harm students in admission processes.  Look, valedictorian awards are not absolutely necessary for schools, but why do I get the feeling that the real motive here is to glorify mediocrity? The left controls the schools and the left hates excellence.  The world isn't buying what these "modern" schools are selling, but their students won't know it until they find themselves unequal to the world's challenges.

March 20, 2022