Virginia school caught hiding academic awards from top-performing students for ‘reasons of fairness’ and denying them college admissions and scholarship opportunities – zoohousenews.com
(Natural News) To meet the local school district’s new strategy of “equal outcomes for all students without exception,” Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ) in Alexandria, Virginia, withheld national awards of merit from students and their families.
Although this has deprived many students of the opportunities these achievements offer, including increased chances of college admission and scholarship opportunities, at least two administrators at TJ have hidden them while giving all students a “fair mark.”
At the TJ, for example, there is no longer a 0, but everyone gets 50 percent for appearing. For unsubmitted assignments, TJ students receive the cryptic code “NTI” instead of an actual failing grade.
Meanwhile, top performers at TJ who actually put in work are deprived of high scores. And thanks to Shawna Yashar, TJ’s parent, we now know that Principal Ann Bonitatibus and Student Services Director Brandon Kosatka hid National Merit Awards that would have catapulted these achievers even further ahead of other students.
Yashar, we are told, has a son in TJ’s postgraduate program, which is one of the top schools in the country. He took the PSAT to see if he qualified as a distinguished National Merit Scholar, which he did, although he didn’t get it because he had never received an award.
It turns out Bonitatibus and Kosatka didn’t tell the Yashars that their son was in the top 3 percent nationally, making him one of about 50,000 students across the country who earned that honor.
Over the course of five years, some 1,200 other TJ students also had their National Merit Scholar Awards revoked, all in the name of justice. (Related: The term “equity” is a scam, as are “diversity” and “climate change.”)
“Withholding these certificates from students is theft by the state,” Yashar said.
As predicted by many, equal opportunity has been perverted by the left into equal outcomes
It turns out that recognizing national merit is how many students, particularly those whose families are in lower income brackets, are able to attend college or university. The scholarships awarded under the program enable outstanding students to continue their education.
By withholding that recognition from thousands of students who have received the national recognition of merit, Bonitatibus and Kosatka have deprived those same students of their education – all because they are smarter than other students, which creates “inequality.”
Speaking to Yashar, Kosatka admitted that the goal at TJ is no longer to teach and outperform students who actually achieve something. Instead, it’s about creating an environment where everyone is treated equally, regardless of how well or poorly they perform.
“We want to recognize students as individuals and not focus on their achievements,” Kosatka admitted, adding that Bonitatibus chose not to give national merit awards because it could “hurt” the feelings of other students who didn’t receive one You.
Fabio Zuluaga, an assistant superintendent at Fairfax County Public Schools, where TJ is located, took a different approach, publicly claiming that the decision to withhold National Merit Awards at TJ “was, to be honest, a mistake.”
Zuluaga also said that it was also inappropriate to callously drop the awards on students’ desks, which has happened to TJ.
“We have to do something special,” he explained. “A commendation sends a very strong message to the child, right? Your work is meaningful. If you work hard in life, there are good benefits.”
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