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Students will wear white robes [principal reverses decision about honoring academic achievers]
Durango Herald (Colorado) ^ | April 26, 2008 | Chuck Slothower

Posted on 04/28/2008 3:00:51 PM PDT by upchuck

Durango High School will allow its highest-performing students to wear white robes at graduation, reversing an earlier decision to require all students to wear red robes.

Principal Diane Lashinsky said she had learned "a great deal" from the controversy over graduation robes.

Lashinsky decided several months ago that all students would wear red robes at the May 24 graduation ceremony, ending a tradition where students with grade-point averages of 4.0 or greater wear honorary white robes.

Lashinsky said she felt the white gowns "diminish the accomplishment and hard work of other graduates by relative comparison."

Her decision caused an uproar among parents and students when it was publicized in a school newsletter this month and then April 16 in The Durango Herald .

Lashinsky has met with parents and students the last two weeks, and Durango School District 9-R announced Thursday that she had reversed her decision and would allow the tradition to stand.

This year, about 23 members of the Class of 2008 are eligible to wear the white robes. To be eligible, graduates must have an overall GPA of at least 4.0. Some students can exceed a 4.0 GPA by taking Advanced Placement courses.

The principal said it was clear from her conversations that it was "really important for several of the honors graduates to wear white."

"The issue was never about not recognizing our top students nor about praising mediocrity, as my original decision has been characterized," Lashinsky said in a statement. "Rather, we had planned to honor students more individually and personally during the ceremonies without so visibly comparing one group of students with another. Many students who won't be wearing white worked very hard to get to graduation and deserve to be honored for their accomplishments, too."

Students and parents did not return messages requesting comment Friday.

Durango High has also planned other ways to recognize the 4.0 GPA students. They will lead the graduating class in a march to their chairs on the football field, they will be the first to receive their diplomas, and they will be recognized in the graduation program, said Robert Logan, this year's graduation adviser.

"Students will be honored as they have been in the past," he said in a 9-R news release. "No more, no less."

National Honor Society members also will continue to be recognized with the gold NHS tassel on their mortarboards, he said.

Lashinsky said she was initially told the white-robe tradition was only three years old, not seven as she later learned. Durango High adopted white graduation robes seven years ago when the school stopped naming a valedictorian and salutatorian for each graduating class.

"That makes it a much bigger issue," Lashinsky said. "Had I known, I would have dug deeper into the history, and my initial decision may have turned out differently."

Durango High will not name a valedictorian or salutatorian this year.

Lashinsky said she will revisit next fall how to best honor academic achievement.

"We'll engage in a more global examination of how we recognize achievement and success, not just at graduation, but in a multifaceted manner that addresses all the ways we honor students," she said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: achievement; dresscodes; graduation; principal
PEE-YOUUUUU. That last paragraph has the unmistakable stench of Political Correctness.

The principal makes an arbitrary decision based on very little research and gets slammed for it. Hot dog!!

1 posted on 04/28/2008 3:00:51 PM PDT by upchuck
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To: upchuck

Earning a grade point average above 4.0?

That’s just 110% wrong!


2 posted on 04/28/2008 3:04:22 PM PDT by Flycatcher (Strong copy for a strong America)
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To: upchuck

I think what she means is that next year, everyone will be wearing white.


3 posted on 04/28/2008 3:04:34 PM PDT by kc8ukw
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To: upchuck
the school stopped naming a valedictorian and salutatorian for each graduating class

WHAT?!? PC is going to be the death of us all.

4 posted on 04/28/2008 3:05:03 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn
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To: upchuck
Principal Diane Lashinsky

Diane, you over-educated but still ignorant tw@t!

5 posted on 04/28/2008 3:05:22 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: upchuck

God forbid we publically recognize the students that went above and beyond. Doing so would only make the dregs and ne’er do wells loathe themselves even more.


6 posted on 04/28/2008 3:06:28 PM PDT by infantrywhooah
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To: upchuck
Durango High will not name a valedictorian or salutatorian this year.

Well then, Diane Honey, you should just be called TEACHER DIANE instead of PRINCIPAL DIANE!! You EARNED the PRINCIPAL TITLE and yet you DENY the Title of VALEDICTORIAN and SALUTATORIAN to others who EARNED those TITLES.

TEACHER DIANE......how does that feel??

7 posted on 04/28/2008 3:06:30 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: upchuck
We'll engage in a more global examination of how we recognize achievement and success, not just at graduation, but in a multifaceted manner that addresses all the ways we honor students...

I know, why do otherwise intelligent people talk this way? They all sound like that guy, Professor Irwin Corey? mocking edu-bable. If they think this sounds coherent maybe they are stupid.

8 posted on 04/28/2008 3:06:44 PM PDT by Old North State
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To: upchuck

Did I read that right? Taking a “Global approach” to a HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION?
I may puke.


9 posted on 04/28/2008 3:07:22 PM PDT by benjamin032
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To: upchuck
We dealt with this years ago at our school.

We use to have the girls wear white and the boys wore green.

Because of lawsuits and threats of them (not at our school, but around the country) we changed it so that everyone wears green now.

10 posted on 04/28/2008 3:08:15 PM PDT by mware (mware...killer of threads.)
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To: kc8ukw
I think what she means is that next year, everyone will be wearing white.

Precisely! She won't let this go. She can't. Her mental disease caused by liberalism won't let her.

I bet they no longer have a valedictorian and salutatorian for each graduating class because they are deathly afraid of hurting the student's ever so delicate self esteem.

11 posted on 04/28/2008 3:09:14 PM PDT by upchuck (Who wins doesn't matter. They're all liberals. Spend your time and money to take back Congress.)
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To: upchuck
Lashinsky said she will revisit next fall how to best honor academic achievement.

"All citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check."

12 posted on 04/28/2008 3:10:43 PM PDT by OeOeO (Sic Transit Gloria Mundi... Gloria get me a beer,and hurry..)
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To: mtbopfuyn

This is becoming very common. I don’t like it either. This link below is at a good public high school that sends a lot of students to really good schools.

“It kind of depends what their intention is. If they’re trying to shield kids from competition, that’s kind of pointless. Most of these kids are going to have to deal with very demanding competition their entire lives,” Femec said.

http://www.mpnnow.com/news/x1838788116


13 posted on 04/28/2008 3:11:05 PM PDT by cdga5for4
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To: mtbopfuyn

When you have 23 students with perfect 4.0 or higher, how do you decide who is first or second? When I graduated from high school, our GPA’s were calculated to 3 decimal points out of 100%. The highest girl had a 96.663% and the highest boy (me) had a 96.660%.


14 posted on 04/28/2008 3:14:12 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (Shaking in the flatlands. "All your Richter scale are belong to us.")
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To: cdga5for4
Our honor society student do wear gold tassels on their mortar boards
15 posted on 04/28/2008 3:14:16 PM PDT by mware (mware...killer of threads.)
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To: cdga5for4

The link above is interesting because Canandaigua used to have a tough-ass principal. He ran a really tight ship. No hats in schools. No politically correct BS. He retired about 8-10 years ago. The school is still very good but it’s a much looser ship. I suppose that goes for most high schools compared to 10 years ago. Canandaigua’s sent a lot of kids to the service academies. I know one of its lacrosse players is going to Harvard next year.


16 posted on 04/28/2008 3:15:40 PM PDT by cdga5for4
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To: Ann Archy
TEACHER DIANE......how does that feel??

Don't forget the corresponding pay grade adjustment.

17 posted on 04/28/2008 3:16:34 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: upchuck
......without so visibly comparing one group of students with another.

BINGO! Check please.

18 posted on 04/28/2008 3:19:17 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: upchuck

If everyone is singled out for honor, then no one is really honored.

The ones who really tried are already getting their public acknowledgement, it’s called THE GRADUATION CEREMONY.


19 posted on 04/28/2008 3:19:21 PM PDT by DeLaine (The point is we shouldn't have to argue with crazy people..... Jonah Goldberg)
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To: upchuck

If you strive to achieve and do well, be warned you will be punished. How dare you think you can do better than anyone else!


20 posted on 04/28/2008 3:53:18 PM PDT by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: cdga5for4

Greetings from down the road.

Thanks for referring us to the link. Geneva looked into class ranking, course weighting, valedictorians, etc. some years ago. Those who were against class ranking didn’t want the kids who didn’t rise to the top to feel badly. The kids insisted on it, and so it still exists. College admissions offices told us they are aware of all the different systems in the high schools, and that none cause disadvantages to the students.

Geneva still has a valedictorians and salutatorian. If nothing else, they give more interesting speeches than the school officials. I’ve never seen anyone at graduation being upset and full of self-doubt because someone else got to give the speech.

Geneva gives point value for the letter grades. There is no weighting, so a student with mostly AP courses might score the same average as a non-college bound student, a handicapped student, or a vocational education student. Whatever you may think of it, the colleges can tell the difference.


21 posted on 04/28/2008 3:53:38 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: upchuck
Lashinsky said she felt the white gowns "diminish the accomplishment and hard work of other graduates by relative comparison."

But if they've traditionally had the right to expect this special acknowledgement and she proposes to take it away, isn't she "diminishing the accomplishment and hard work" of THESE grads? So, what is she saying? That it's okay to diminish people's accomplishments, as long as those people are the ones who've accomplished the most? Do we want this twit teaching the next generation to think?

22 posted on 04/28/2008 3:57:52 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Typical white person)
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To: Flycatcher
Earning a grade point average above 4.0?

At my high school, a few classes like Latin which were viewed as exceptionally hard, that the GPA-conscious might avoid, got an extra point per letter grade. So, a "B" earned you four GP's, and an "A" earned you five.

23 posted on 04/28/2008 4:01:08 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Typical white person)
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To: ntnychik; cardinal4

So what do they do at athletic contests with other schools? Cover up the scoreboards with duct tape so there are no winners or losers, and everyone’s self esteem is intact?


24 posted on 04/28/2008 4:03:47 PM PDT by Ax (Hilliary! and Barak: Aberrations in the Divine Scheme)
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To: Ax

The same people who tried to dump the valedictorian system are extremely proud of their young soccer/lacrosse/football players. Nothing like a double standard.

In general, the kids are quite competitive, and will be no matter what the adults do. BTW, they HATE participation ribbons.


25 posted on 04/28/2008 4:15:15 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: Ax

Athletic contests? Athletic contesths are tho brutish, so weenie-centric, so linear-thought oriented, why would we even have those? After warming up with yoga, we sit in a circle and consider how the white man has raped womyn, Blycks, non-Europyans, the envyronment, and mother Gaia.


26 posted on 04/28/2008 4:17:29 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Typical white person)
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To: vpintheak

Unfortunately many “educators” are hypocrites, preaching day after day about the value of hard work and knocking it all down in a single sudden motion on graduation day by elevating the lazy, drug-addled and ignorant to the same level as the achievers.

No wonder the “safety net” is groaning under the weight of the many passengers in this world.


27 posted on 04/28/2008 4:29:09 PM PDT by relictele
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To: upchuck
"We'll engage in a more global examination of how we recognize achievement and success, not just at graduation, but in a multifaceted manner that addresses all the ways we honor students," she said.

Translation (from PC Commie speak):

You won the battle this time, but I'm going to win the war...

28 posted on 04/28/2008 4:34:38 PM PDT by Zeppo (Every mighty mild... seventies child... Beats me (Metric - Combat Baby))
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To: mtbopfuyn

That seems reasonable, because given that different classes have different scales (for instance, AP might allow a grade of 5.0, while internships only allow a 4.0) now the highest GPA is often somewhat arbitrary, and it can lead students to make poor choices simply to maximize their GPAs. Honoring everyone over 4.0 seems like a reasonable alternative.


29 posted on 04/28/2008 4:35:56 PM PDT by Arguendo
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To: Ann Archy
TEACHER DIANE......how does that feel??

The title of teacher smacks of elitism; after all, how about all the people who work just as hard, but don't have the title of teacher ? Best to just use COMRADE .

30 posted on 04/28/2008 4:36:13 PM PDT by Red Boots
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To: upchuck

What a trucking itch. ( yes it rymes...)


31 posted on 04/28/2008 4:38:34 PM PDT by FreeManWhoCan (An American in Miami)
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To: upchuck
"Rather, we had planned to honor students more individually and personally during the ceremonies without so visibly comparing one group of students with another.

Are these the same morons who promote athletic awards (most yards rushed, etc.) and allow the stupidity of Homecoming (students more popular than others)?

They have no problem recognizing achievements in other areas (and I use that term loosely re: Homecoming). It's that they don't like achievements related to intelligences.

32 posted on 04/28/2008 4:43:43 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: upchuck
' "We'll engage in a more global examination of how we recognize achievement and success, not just at graduation, but in a multifaceted manner that addresses all the ways we honor students," she said. ' Image and video hosting by TinyPic
33 posted on 04/28/2008 4:52:37 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: upchuck
"...Many students who won't be wearing white worked very hard to get to graduation and deserve to be honored for their accomplishments, too."

"Yeah," Lashitsky continued, "Jorge and Javon worked just as hard to get their 1.4 GPA as them's who got a 4.0 GPA. Therefore, they should have the same right to wear the white robes, because they worked hard. Besides, white is a racist color, so nobody should be wearing that. We don't want nobody to feeeeeeel like they be inferior, or nothing. Everyone should be able to feeeeeel that they done did what they could. Besides, even if they didn't, and they were lazy, no good crackheads, they deserve the same as those whitey smart asses who think they be so smart.

Lashinsky said she was initially told the white-robe tradition was only three years old, not seven as she later learned. Durango High adopted white graduation robes seven years ago when the school stopped naming a valedictorian and salutatorian for each graduating class.

"That makes it a much bigger issue," Lashinsky said. "Had I known, I would have dug deeper into the history, and my initial decision may have turned out differently."

Lashitsky prattled on, "So if I'd just known enough to pull my head out of my ass and actually learn about the school that I am in charge of, I wouldn't have done this quite the way I did. Next year, things am gonna change, believe me, history or no history. I'm in charge here and nobody's gonna diss me by not doin' what I say."

34 posted on 04/28/2008 5:35:13 PM PDT by hadit2here ("Most men would rather die than think. Many do." - Bertrand Russell)
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To: infantrywhooah

It would hurt their fragile self esteem (rme).


35 posted on 04/28/2008 5:40:06 PM PDT by Twink
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To: clee1
Sorry but that "teacher" (certainly no "principal") hasn't learned squat from her "documented" education. Another Leftwing-nutjob suffering from an overinflated opinion of herself.
36 posted on 04/28/2008 7:09:18 PM PDT by junkman_106 (Once is chance, twice is coincidence, thrice is enemy action ---007/Ian Fleming)
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To: Flycatcher
Earning a grade point average above 4.0? That’s just 110% wrong!

There are regular classes which uses the 4 point grading system and then there are advanced placement (AP) classes which use a 5 point system. The AP classes are taught on a college level with harder workloads, summer projects, and the students are expected to take a college entrance test that will give them college credit for that subject. There are also dual credit classes which use the 5 point system which are actual college courses and the students pay college tuition for these. So yes, they should be given extra points for these classes.

Something I think is wrong is that our school does NOT include in the GPA such classes as athletics, band, and choir even though the kids can spend hours upon hours of extra time in these subjects. Our band students must attend summer band practices before the school year begins (much like football two a days) where they have chair tests the first day so the kids must already know their music (they get next years' marching music this week so they can learn it over the summer), they have practice two nights a week until 9 pm throughout the school year, there's the football games where they may not get home until 2 AM on Fridays, then there's private lessons which we have travel 2 hours one way into the city for on weekends, don't forget all the contests they attend and aren't home until late, and of course individual practice at home, and if the kid is an officer in band they have to pay for band camp during the summer.

37 posted on 04/29/2008 4:52:38 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn
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To: mtbopfuyn
It sounds like a real rat race. Schools have become places of learning everything but how to think.

Carolyn

38 posted on 04/29/2008 5:06:31 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: Zeppo

{”We’ll engage in a more global examination of how we recognize achievement and success, not just at graduation, but in a multifaceted manner that addresses all the ways we honor students,” she said.
Translation (from PC Commie speak):

You won the battle this time, but I’m going to win the war... }

She doesn’t want kids to grow up feeling bitter, worshiping God and holding onto their guns....;}


39 posted on 04/29/2008 5:35:15 AM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: Ann Archy

“TEACHER DIANE”

You mean “Diane”. She is not a teacher and does not deserve even that title; she does not teach. Just call her by her first name.


40 posted on 04/29/2008 6:33:56 AM PDT by CodeToad
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