Opinion Your Views — 27 December 2012
Doing away with class rankings does a disservice to students

By Jim Roberts, Alexandria

To the editor:
Great editorial (“Competition avoidance: not the right lesson at T.C.,” December 13) decrying the feel-good plan by the underachieving, well-intentioned school district to ensure no T.C. Williams student graduates last. All will be first, regardless of their actual scholastic achievements.

If this policy is implemented, it will give students inverse expectations and certain disappointment: those with anemic academic achievement will be disturbed to learn that in real life they are not first. And those with high academic achievements will be deprived of confidence.

This plan is twice wrong and harmful to all whom the district is charged to prepare for life’s competitive arena.


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