April 30, 2012

Bye-bye honors, Bye-bye cheating

Lots of people around the blogosphere are rankled over a lawsuit parents filed on behalf of their cheating son.

The Sequoia High student was unceremoniously jettisoned from his honors class after copying homework, which violated the honor code he'd signed.

Fearing that the ejection  might interfere with his ability to qualify for an elite college, mom and dad are suing the school district.

Sure, this sounds petty and ridiculous, but what if we eliminated the "honors" tag on classes? Maybe the pressure to get higher grades might dissipate and the enthusiasm for cheating might quickly vaporize.

Do we really need honors classes?