Middle School Cancels ‘Honors’ Night Because it Hurts Feeeeelings

-By Warner Todd Huston

A middle school in Rhode Island had canceled its night meant to honor students who achieved excellent grades because officials felt that the annual honors ceremony would hurt the self esteem of those more stupid kids who didn’t get top grades.

Parents whose children attend the Archie R. Cole Middle School in East Greenwhich, RI, were sent an email this week telling them that the annual honors night was canceled because administrators were wringing their liberal hands over the “exclusive nature” of the ceremony.

“Members of the school community have long expressed concerns related to the exclusive nature of Honors Night,” the email began.

The school wanted to eliminate a special night to honor kids with high grades or excellence in extra curricular activities and instead have individual, smaller ceremonies based within the events, teams or classes where the kids excelled. This would have eliminated the greater recognition of the high achievers and served to create more understated, less public displays of recognition. In other words, the school-wide platform of recognition would be eliminated replaced by quieter recognition that would not hurt the dumb kids’ feelings.

The school felt that kids who weren’t being honored would be crushed because they weren’t as smart or successful as others. Why, their self esteem would be forever destroyed, these foolish “educators” imagined.

Parents started complaining immediately about this spineless, liberal, social re-engineering of their school’s culture. One parent told the local TV news, “How else are they suppose to learn coping skills, not just based on success, but relative failure, it might not be failure, but understand what it takes to achieve high levels.”

This is a prime example of, well, several things. It is evidence that liberals need to be eliminated from our system of mis-education, certainly, but it is also evidence most of the fact that the left is systematically attempting to destroy achievement and excellence in this country and working to train kids that being good at something is an evil that must be avoided.

The liberal administrators eventually relented and re-scheduled the honors night. But the back tracking is meaningless, really, because it is clear they are quietly teaching kids that achievers are bad.

But this is the liberal credo. If you have achieved excellence in anything “you didn’t build that.” You stole it, you cheated, you were handed it without work, or you got it just because you are a white male. What ever it is you achieved, you didn’t earn it and don’t deserve it. Further you shouldn’t be recognized for achieving it.

You are a bad person for being better. You should be ashamed.

That is liberalism at its core.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, Wizbang.com, among many, many others. Huston has also appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and many local TV shows as well as numerous talk radio shows throughout the country.

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