Gone are the days of high-stakes competition and the reward of valedictorian and salutatorian high school honors.
At least, that’s the case for Cincinnati, Ohio’s Mason High School.
So if you were hopin’ to make the big V among your graduating class, you’ll have to let that pony run.
Principal Bobby Dodd hopes the change will make things more relaxed for the young skulls full o’ mush:
“This will help reduce the overall competitive culture at MHS to allow students to focus on exploring learning opportunities that are of interest to them.”
The school’s also announced it’ll be starting half an hour later next year and assign less work for its students over the summer.
After meeting with parents and students, Bobby explained, the school concluded the following:
“[W]e gathered feedback about the current culture at MHS and the impact it is having on students’ mental well-being. A large part of these discussions included the highly competitive culture and the impact student course loads have on stress and anxiety levels. We have researched the reasons why students take a large number of AP courses. While there are some students who take a large number of courses because of their general interest in the subject area, there is a disturbingly large number of students who take AP courses to increase their grade point average.”
You heard him, folks — the kids’ desire to take challenging classes and up their GPA was freakin’ disturbing.
A nobody wants people to be tryin’ too hard. Associate Principal Shanna Bumiller thinks it’s all about wholeness:
“It’s about what it means to be happy and what it means to be successful and it’s not just about the grade but it’s about the whole child.”
Just so you know, if you’re one of the stressed-out idiots who decides to go for achievement, the school will let dorks like you get the ol’ cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude.
Parent Sue Segerman told WCPO that, for teens gunnin’ for the valedictorian and salutatorian, this whole thing smells like B.O.:
“That will upset, I think, some of the junior class right now. If they’ve been working hard, pushing hard, as a goal, and that gets pulled out under your feet, that sort of stinks for the junior class right now.”
Oh, well — if there’s one thing the new generation could use, it’s more relaxation, less anxiety, and kick-a** wholeness. After, all it’s a stressful world — in case you haven’t heard, our guy in the White House is Adolf Hitler.
Settle down, overachievers.
For more recent moves in academia, enjoy this veritable smorgasbord:
- A banning of Jesus at a school in Virginia (here)
- A cancellation of The Vagina Monologues because it excludes women who don’t possess vaginas (here)
- A teacher forced to quit because he believes in accurate pronouns (here)
- The installment of an abortion-drug vending machine at Yale (here)
- A banning of expensive coats because they’re unfair (here)
- A banning of mean speech at the University of Montana (here)
- A banning of personal prom transportation in the name of equity — plus a forced bus ride (here)
- A cancellation of a Disney musical because it’s racist (here)
- A barring of Chick-fil-A, against the literal vote of students, because it’s not politically “progressive” (here)
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