Colorado School District Acts To Quash Excellence

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Hooray, we’ve got equity! They’re all alike!

(Thanks to “OhioChessFan” for the nooze tip)

This is not one of those major-league public school abominations (see my Newswithviews column today for one of those), but even great criminals sometimes stoop to petty crimes. This is a school district being petty. This is Dr. Fu Manchu shoplifting.

Parents–the poor devils who have to pay for all this happy crapola–in the Cherry Creek school district, in Colorado, recently received a letter from the nimrods running the schools that as of now, they were doing away with class ranking and there would be no more valedictorian honors at the graduation wing-ding (

Yowsah, yowsah! For the sake of “equity” (a word that no longer means anything), they’re gonna make all the students equal–no more recognition of excellence. Not even a mention. Because recognizing excellence is “outdated,” and “learning is not a competition.” Good thing the kids won’t have to face any competition in the real world, huh? Recognizing excellence, explains the letter, produces “stress” among the student body. Good thing they won’t have to face any stress out there in Adult-Land, either.

Well, that’s one less job for “teachers” and administrators to have to do. Next, maybe they’ll abolish grades: everybody gets an A+. Maybe even they could just require the kids to educate themselves while they play video games in between paychecks. Ain’t it great to have a union?

10 comments on “Colorado School District Acts To Quash Excellence

  1. Good old Cherry Creek Public Schools. BTW, the article has an error, it is not west of Denver, but covers several southeastern suburbs, which is to say mostly prosperous and fairly “woke”. I’ve both lived and worked in that area.

    I recall one fellow in my old neighborhood that held an entry level position with CCSD. He always seemed to have a lot of money and I always wondered if he was doing some business on the side, perhaps exploiting his access to students from a prosperous area. I had no information regarding his activities, but it seemed odd that someone making, perhaps, $9.00 per hour (late ‘80s) could afford a nearly new Corvette, and a boat.

    CCSD always seemed to be leading the pack. Parents wanted their children in Cherry Creek Schools, because it was perceived as the best school district in Colorado. They sure had the tax base.

    1. This guy was more blue collar, but his job took him from school to school, so I always wondered if his apparent wealth came from some some illegal activities on his part. I had nothing but suspicions, but it sure seemed like something was out of kilter.

  2. Actually, what you propose in your penultimate sentence is part of the Paulo Freire theory of critical pedagogy (minus the video games for teachers) that’s still fashionable in many teacher-training programs. Freire opposed what he called the “banking theory” of education in which teachers actually presumed to “bank” information into students, i.e., oppress the downtrodden children by forcing information on them. Instead, the students were to “discover” and “learn” what was inside them and around them, according to their own paths of learning. This “discovery” idea was also current among rhetoric/composition faculty. I used to protest in vain that all of us needed information from outside ourselves before we could produce anything of our own, that no one could produce anything from a vacuum.

    1. I regret to say that there was precious little algebra in me even after it had been “banked” in me. But geometry and trigonometry stuck for some reason. Yes, I know I had to know at least a little algebra to do trig — but a lot of our balking at certain subjects may be caused more by psychology than by inability. I’ve always said that it’s a good thing no one told me that meteorology is a branch of physics, because I hated physics in high school but I wound up loving meteorology in college, where I made A-pluses in both courses I took and I almost switched my major to meteorology — until I found out how much calculus I’d have to take. Maybe they should have told me that calculus had nothing to do with algebra, and then I would have done well in it. (Or maybe not.) 🙂

    2. Calculus kept me out of choosing to major in geology. Too bad: geology students and faculty had more fun that anybody else at Rutgers.

  3. Uniformity is such a bore. Creativity, innovation, invention, and cerebral concepts makes life worth living. The Koran is a bore, whereas the Holy Bible is a source of endless variety.

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