Needham High in Massachusetts has decided to stop publishing the names of students who make honor roll in the local newspaper.
Principal Paul Richards said a key reason for stopping the practice is its contribution to students’ stress level in “This high expectations-high-achievement culture.”
. . . Richards said publishing of the honor roll represented “an unhealthy focus on grades.” He pointed out that there are lots of other ways that students achieve, such as in clubs, musicals, concerts, athletics and community service.
He said the ranking of students solely based on grades goes against the school’s overall mission which is to “promote learning.”
The message to Needham students: Your grades don’t reflect learning, so why stress out? Too much academic achievement is unhealthy. Join a club! Play a sport. That’s just as good.