Middle School Cancels Honors Night for Being Too “Exclusive”; Puts It Back On After Receiving “Feedback”


It’s really just so, so terrible for kids to feel left out, so the answer is obviously to do away with anything that might make people feel excluded is to get rid of the offending item. That was the attitude of one middle school, which decided to cancel their honors night so they could spare anyone’s hurt feelings.

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Citing concerns about the “exclusive nature” of the annual honors night at Archie R. Cole Middle School, school officials have decided to scrap the tradition.

Instead, students who would normally be recognized at the annual spring tradition will be honored during team-based recognition ceremonies and graduation.

The notice was sent to parents over the weekend in an e-mail signed by School Principal Alexis Meyer and Assistant Principal Dan Seger.

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

In a stunning twist, parents were apparently not too happy about this turn of events, and the school quickly caved.

Honors Night at Archie R. Cole Middle School is back on the table after school officials got a wave of feedback – much of it negative – in response to a decision to cancel the tradition citing concerns about it being too exclusive.

School officials on Tuesday afternoon sent a message to the school community announcing there has been a change of heart and that “we have decided to honor excellence as we had planned.”

The difference now is that the honors celebration will be held “at a traditional evening event,” similar to the sports awards ceremony held each year to honor student athletes.

It’s a little interesting that parents were upset by this. After all, this is the world where kids grow up receiving participation trophies, and little league teams don’t keep score so no one feels like a loser — how many of these parents complained then?

Also see: Seven Differences Between Winners And Losers


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