North Carolina School Board Wants To Do Away With Naming Valedictorians Because It’s “Unhealthy”

Today in absurd news, the North Carolina school board wants hard-working, top-notch students to keep working hard but without recognition. I’m not saying you need to constantly give people compliments, but like, WTF North Carolina?!

According to The News & Observer of Charlotte:

Citing what it calls “unhealthy” competition among students, the Wake County school board is the latest in the country to make valedictorians and salutatorians a thing of the past, The News & Observer of Charlotte reports.

The school board unanimously gave initial approval last week to a policy that would prohibit high school principals from naming valedictorians and salutatorians – titles reserved for the two graduating seniors with the highest grade-point averages – after 2018, according to the newspaper.

School board Chairman Tom Benton said, “We have heard from many, many schools that the competition has become very unhealthy.”


Not for nothing, but competition is a part of life. Whether you’re trying to get into the college of your dreams or job hunting, you’re constantly trying to stand out. You might even go as far to say that it’s still survival of the fittest out there. So what gives, N.C.? Maybe we should just give everyone a participation trophy at graduation too, while we’re at it.

I’m not saying this is a completely bad idea, but….okay it’s a completely bad idea.

[Via FOX News]

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