High Schools Drop "Valedictorian" Distinction Fearing Lower-Ranked Kids May Feel 'Triggered'

We've spent a fair amount of time over the past several years writing about the 'participation trophy generation' (a.k.a. "millennials) and, more specifically, how their inflated sense of entitlement and self-worth, irrespective of work effort and/or innate talent, would not serve them well in the real world. 

You see millennials, despite what your enabling handlers (a.k.a. "educators") have told you your whole life, people here in the real world couldn't care any less about your feelings, think your 'Gender Studies' degree was a complete waste of your parents' money, will not promote you just because anything less would be a 'triggering' event and do not recognize your standing to demand 'safe spaces'.

In fact, taking a moment to truly internalize the following quote from our favorite movie would serve you well.

“Listen up maggots. You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We are the all singing, all dancing crap of the world.  We are all part of the same compost heap.

And, while we've been forced to write post after post detailing the lunacy of your behavior as you frolic aimlessly on the campuses of liberal bastions of higher indoctrination across this great country, growing more and more sickened with each new display of entitlement, we have to say that your efforts to eliminate high school rankings is a new low, even for you.

Unfortunately, as the AP points out today, that is exactly what seems to be happening at high schools all around the country as the title of "valedictorian" is being eliminated and/or bestowed upon so many kids in each graduating class that it's rendered meaningless.

“More and more schools are moving toward a more holistic process. They look deeper into the transcript,” Gottlieb said.


Wisconsin’s Elmbrook School District has for several years ranked only the valedictorian and salutatorian, and only then because the state awards scholarships to schools’ top two graduates, according to Assistant Superintendent Dana Monogue. The change has been accepted by colleges and community alike, Monogue said.


“We are encouraged by any movement that helps students understand that they’re more than a score, that they’re more than a rank,” she said.

One school in Tennessee awarded the "valedictorian" title to 48 kids, or roughly 25% of the entire graduating class.

Tennessee’s Rutherford County schools give the valedictorian title to every student who meets requirements that include a 4.0 grade-point average and at least 12 honors courses. Its highly ranked Central Magnet School had 48 valedictorians this year, about a quarter of its graduating class.


At another school in Maryland, the AP highlights the woes of a concerned mother who wonders how ranking might affect her teenager's confidence.

The day rankings came out at Hammond High School in Columbia, Maryland, students were privately told their number — but things didn’t stay private for long.


“That was the only thing everyone was talking about,” said Mikey Peterson, 18, who shrugged off his bottom-third finish and will attend West Virginia University in the fall.


A spokesman for the Howard County, Maryland, district said schools recognize their top 5 percent so students can include it on college applications and hasn’t considered changing.


“There was a big emphasis on where you landed,” said Peterson’s classmate Vicki Howard, 18. “It made everything 10 times more competitive.”


Peterson’s mother, Elizabeth Goshorn, said she can’t walk into his school without hearing good things about her affable son, but worries about how rankings can affect a teenager’s confidence.


“It has such an impact on them as to how they perceive themselves if you’re putting rankings on them,” she said.

Try as you might, ignoring the principles of basic mathematics does not mean that they cease to exist.  And while your enabling parents, high schools and colleges may share your view that ranking people on the basis achievement is racist, sexist and/or any other number of adjectives you may wish to throw out there....again, we assure you that the real world does not care.

Life is competitive and your relative performance versus your peers will ultimately determine your success in life irrespective of how "triggering" that fact may be.  The sooner you realize that fact, the sooner you'll be able to move out of mom's basement.


peopledontwanttruth Croesus Fri, 06/16/2017 - 19:38 Permalink

I know my wife and I went to a Burger King the other week. The guy behind the counter had full makeup up on then2 more workers come out and just as gay. What a world we live in. I'm assuming you're probably around my age and this is simply unbelievable. I'd love to see some dead people come back after 20+ years in the grave just to see their faces when confronted with what we're seeing

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Endgame Napoleon Never One Roach Fri, 06/16/2017 - 20:26 Permalink

Subject the schools to the same scrutiny. I guarantee that the athletics-obsessed bully dens with a ratio of 1 teacher out of 75 who has any interest in his/her subject matter will not stack up well against any major competition, although grading nationwide standardized tests in a $10.40/hr temp job is enough to make you underestimate the competition for life.

I don't have kids, but I don't think it's bad for kids to have self confidence. It is worse to go into the harsh world without it. Gen Xer parents were not as much into heaping on the praise, although some of us were raised by protective parents, maybe overprotective, sort of like the helicopter type in that respect. The parents of that era were not into the trophy excess or excessive praise of any kind. I'm not sure that it is good to critique and pressure, either, although ZHedgers likely disagree.

The bad thing is a lack of realism, overestimating what a degree or anything else means in these workplaces, including hard work, sales numbers and things like that. I know most people still believe in the linear path to achievement, but that is the most snowflakeish notion of all.

JUST LIKE in high school, social cliques reign in most of these ultra un-professional workplaces, hence the reason why self confidence is likely not a bad thing. What person lacking in self confidence, whether justified or not, ever fared well in the bully den of high school?

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Cognitive Dissonance Never One Roach Fri, 06/16/2017 - 21:46 Permalink

Our daughter was screwed in this manner. She graduated number one in her high school class, but was not awarded valedictorian nor even publicly recognized for her achievement. At the graduation itself, they were passing out awards for shop class and hair dressing while Sarah was completely ignored. Not even an honorable mention for her superior academic performance.As Mrs. Cog and I have taught her, she took the high road and barely made a peep about this total disrespect towards her.We are very proud of her accomplishments.

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NAV Cognitive Dissonance Fri, 06/16/2017 - 21:58 Permalink

Communism is a power system, and undergirding that power is terror…planned and coordinated to replace free enterprise economics with a new collective order. And students, lacking  knowledge and experience and susceptible to indoctrination, are receptive to the appeal. So hair dressing is in while history is out.As such, many of today’s universities are assisting the Left Wing in the destruction of Western Civilization and its rights, such as free speech, to be replaced by universal collectivism.It's time Americans took George Soros and Chuck Schumer seriously and put down the iPad and picked up the sword.

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Creative_Destruct NAV Fri, 06/16/2017 - 23:39 Permalink

We have a budding crop of young Bolsheviks that needs to be nipped.Soros, Schumer, and their ilk are the fertilizer and water for these blind young idealistic collectivists.The young are naiive, impressionable and a major formative experience of their youth was the 2008 financial crisis. They are dupes and tools, and useful idiots.Mao and the youths of his Cultural Revolution would be pleased.

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True Blue Endgame Napoleon Fri, 06/16/2017 - 22:14 Permalink

The bad thing is a lack of realism, overestimating what a degree or anything else means in these workplacesAnd that is exactly what happens when they have unearned and unwarranted 'self-confidence.' In fact; people with high levels of self-confidence are often spectacularly wrong in their estimates of their own abilities. It is even called overconfidence effect or bias.

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NAV Alt RightGirl Fri, 06/16/2017 - 21:16 Permalink

The government, it’s coming for your children! It’s called nation wrecking. You see, the sheeple in the barn yard must be dumbed down so the Communist pigs can walk upright and occupy the farmhouse, because all school animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of this farm depend on us because the pigs are watching over your welfare. It is for YOUR sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples. Do you know what would happen if we pigs failed in our duty? Jones would come back! Yes, Jones would come back! Surely, comrades, surely there is no one among you who wants to see Jones come back?" – Squealer, Orwell's Animal Farm America’s schools and universities have become the sinking sand nucleus of a culture under attack. Ours is the first age in history in which duly constituted, so-called civilized governments are practicing the extermination of their own people by the millions, as a matter of calculated policy."Comrades!  We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all." -- Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev, addressing the 20th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party, 2-25-56. "We need to stop worrying about the rights of the individual and start worrying about what is best for society." -- Hillary Clinton "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." -- Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, June 28, 2004

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7thGenMO NAV Fri, 06/16/2017 - 22:13 Permalink

Yes, public education is preparing the proles for a society of control.  I was the V. of my public high school class, but I've received more education about how the USA really works from reading ZH than all of my public education.  I actually feel silly about the falsehoods I was indoctrinated with such as:1.  The US dollar is money issued by a public-private partnership - The Fed - and money is fairly distributed based on the contributions each citizen makes to the society.  TRUTH:  The Fed is a privately owned corporation with a monopoly to issue fiat currency and is never audited so its oligarch owners remain anonymous.  Having a fiat currency allows for those oligarchs with access to the created fiat to increase their control over society by using the fiat to purchase assets, political influence, etc.2.  We have a federal government run for the people, by the people.  TRUTH:  We have a .gov that does the bidding of the oligarch owners of The Fed that fund the campaigns of almost every pre-selected politician.3.  The two-party political process provides healthy opposition.  TRUTH:  Both parties are funded by the same oligarch owners of The Fed, so there is effectively a one-party system.

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moneybots NAV Sat, 06/17/2017 - 10:54 Permalink

"We need to stop worrying about the rights of the individual and start worrying about what is best for society." -- Hillary Clinton "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." -- Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, June 28, 2004 She became a victim of her own ideology. It was best for society that Hillary not become President. We took the Presidency away from her on behalf of the common good.

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Laddie Alt RightGirl Fri, 06/16/2017 - 23:50 Permalink

No Campus (Or Country) for White Men

In any case, I am pleased that Timothy Rohrer’s review of No Campus for White Men directed our attention to this issue. On one level, we can roll our eyes upon hearing of the latest nonsense going on at some university or other, but on too many other levels, this process of White dispossession is deadly serious. Universities provide instruction that leads to important jobs and prepares the next generation for leadership of the culture and the country. The campus War on White Men, I am convinced, is but a prelude to the real war — the coming attempt at the extermination of the White race — a “hot” war, as opposed to the current “cool” gradual swamping of Whites via immigration, destruction of White families, etc.

This is deadly serious stuff, as I said, so we had best face the problem directly. Oddly, I’ve had this impression since Trump’s election that Alt Right sites that normally emphasize the Jewish Question have pulled back from discussing it, possibly in an attempt to gain “respectability” for the new administration and its Alt Right supporters. Now that the thrill of the Trump victory turns into the grueling reality of politics as usual, however, let’s hope that these sites return to writing about The Jewish Problem bluntly and honestly. Without a grim determination to face the issue, successful responses are not likely to appear on their own.

In closing, I’ll share an impression I had upon hearing the title No Campus for White Men. Some years ago I wrote about Cormac McCarthy’s bleak novel No Country for Old Men, and wove it into an account of the decline of America in step with the decline of Whites. I concluded that our situation could just as easily read No Country for White Men. A fortiori, this is true of the new book No Campus for White Men.

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peopledontwanttruth kolanu Sun, 06/18/2017 - 06:40 Permalink

While it is person's perogative to their lifestyle and I'm no ones judge. It's a very difficult thing to explain to an 11 year old granddaughter who rolls her own eyes and then questions later "what's wrong with that person"? She understands at least what is or has been considered normal for decades that women not men wear makeup and women act and speak like women not men. We live in a society where everyone on a certain side of the aisle gets offended and has rights but never consider how this behavior is offensive to even a younger person.

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Never One Roach chubbar Fri, 06/16/2017 - 20:55 Permalink

Interviews are crucial and a 4 week temp hiring is essential to get a feel for the applicant. This is only a start. Look at their outside activities and call some of those people who worked with/under the applicant. GPA's are very flakey these days esp with AA applicants since teachers are scared to give them anything less then an A.

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