Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas, won’t allow National Honor Society (NHS) members to wear the NHS emblem on white stoles for graduation. The reason? The school doesn’t want any groups singled out, and they want all students to feel included.
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Kelly Ann Frederick, a PSHS mom, says her son has worked to be ab NHS member, but Garrett Frederick won’t be able to wear the NHS stole.
“I’m not just an honor student,” Frederick explained, “I’m an NHS student. I worked hard. I put in the hours.” In addition to meeting grades requirements, he also put in forty hours of community service every year.
For decades, NHS members have worn the NHS emblem on their graduation gown.
“I was really looking forward to wearing it and being able to say I was a part of it, because I have friends that go to [Plano East High School] and [Plano West High School], and they’re all wearing it,” he told Plano’s KVUE news. “So it’s like, I don’t know why we’re not allowed to wear it. I don’t get it.”
NHS is an organization that recognizes achievement and service. You can’t simply make good grades. Could the recognition really cause those who did not make the grades, or students with good grades who had no interest in the volunteer aspect to feel ostracized?
I would like to point out that the school itself institutes and upholds the system by which student success is ranked. Grades stratify groups in schools. That is what they are for. If the institution wanted to make all of the children feel somewhat equal, they would abolish grades and move to a pass/fail system of ranking.
They won’t do that, however. PSHS itself exists in a system of Plano schools, which are also ranked at the state and national level.
PSHS is quick to acknowledge academic honors, extracurriculars, awards, and other accolades earned by students. According to its own website, Plano Senior High School boasts about “2 National Merit Semifinalists in 2014,” and that “16 Plano Wildcats have attended the US Military Academy at West Point,” and “7 national champions at Princeton and Harvard speech tournaments.”
PSHS should do whatever it can to educate students. By shielding them in feel-good inclusion, they are simply graduating a group of fragile flowers that will in no way be prepared for the real world.