Multiple Valedictorians?

OK, when I first read this story in today's Washington Post, I was pretty sure it was a sign of our civilization's slow but steady decline. Forty-one valedictorians? More than 5% of the class? But then I saw this paragraph near the end:

"I say if you're running a race, then certainly there's competition," Croghan said. "But we never set up our educational process that way. We don't say, 'Your goal is to get a higher GPA.' Your goal is to learn as much as you can."

I do agree that de-emphasizing grades is a good idea, especially among the brightest kids who are most likely to miss out on real education if they focus too much on the grades. Maybe the faculty should pick a valedictorian from among the top ten or something.


2 Responses to “Multiple Valedictorians?”

  1. Mr. Duckett Says:

    In providing profiles of their student bodies, colleges like to highlight how many valedictorians are included in each class. If this becomes a trend, it won’t be long before the elite colleges can boast that all of their students were high school valedictorians. So long as there is a limited number of slots in the nation’s top universities, like it or not, high school students will be in competition with each other for those slots. And, so long as class ranking remains a factor in the college admissions process, being Valedictorian #1 will still be better than being Valedictorian #41.

  2. Mark Grannis Says:

    And so therefore — this is a harmless development because we’ll all still know who’s number one? Or this is a pointless devaluation of the title “valedictorian” because it doesn’t actually do anything to save kids from competition?

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