Fairfax County is also home to the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology “(TJHS”). It’s a magnet school that requires students to have an academic record of accomplishment as a prerequisite for admission. In other words, like Garrison Keillor’s fictional Lake Woebegone, it’s an institution in which all the children are “above average.”
Some parents at TJHS were recently shocked to learn that, once their children enter the school, the school instantly loses its commitment to having students who are “above average.” Instead, the school is aligned with the district’s commitment to making sure no students stand out above any other students.
That’s not an inference. It’s an explicit policy coming straight from the school superintendent: “equal outcomes for every student, without exception”.
The only way to achieve that goal, of course, is to lower standards. You cannot make people who were born with lower brain wattage or with admirable skill sets that trend in a non-academic direction suddenly earn As in school. However, you can assure that academically gifted students never get As.
Or you can do what TJHS did, which is to fake it ‘til you make it:
School administrators, for instance, have implemented an “equitable grading” policy that eliminates zeros, gives students a grade of 50 percent just for showing up, and assigns a cryptic code of “NTI” for assignments not turned in. It’s a race to the bottom.
As part of this “lowest common denominator” initiative, TJHS has, for years, withheld from students the fact that they earned National Merit awards based upon their PSAT awards. … In other words, in pursuit of the mandate that all outcomes must be equal, the principal, Ann Bonitatibus, and the director of student services, Brandon Kosatka, deliberately withheld information that could have enabled lower-income, high-achieving students to obtain scholarships. …
The people involved need to be named, shamed, and fired. Even better, they should be required to reimburse the district for a percentage of their salaries, given that they failed to earn that money. Because leftists never face personal consequences, they keep engaging in the same unethical behavior.
In wokeism, the midwits use their greater numbers to reap the same rewards as the more talented or energetic. They make a mockery of talent and achievement.
Ever noticed the rampant incompetence about nowadays? Expect it to reach Soviet levels, because society gets more of what it rewards and less of what it penalizes or neglects.
You are denied what you earned.
This is a hideous practice. Those administrators should lose their jobs and be barred from teaching.
I hope they sue the school. The citizens are learning how bad many of the school boards are these days. However don’t you complain, or the DOJ will call you a terrorist.