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    I dont 'think there is anything gained in downplaying the importance of high grades.

    Yes conduct and effort are good things to reward too..but that does not mean you should not reward high grades. And they don't all have to be rewarded in the same way.

    Really it kind of bugs me that people would be reluctant to acknowledge high grades as an achievement. So maybe its easier for some to get high grades than others, that does not mean its not an accomplishment.
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    I agree that good grades should be celebrated by the school. DD#2 just got straight A's again, and got a letter from the principal, in the letter he also commented on her playing the clarinet and helping in the preschool class so she really thought he knew who she was. They also get more pins for their letter at the end of the year. But their gold card program just put the focus on character.
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    I'm not downplaying the importance of high grades.

    To me, there are a lot of other benefits that come from being able to get high grades that a school sponsored dance shouldn't be one of them. It definitely rubs me the wrong way. I might be in the minority but it does.

    High grades assist with getting into college, high grades will put you into the Honor Society which looks great when applying to colleges. That's a huge plus in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    I'm not downplaying the importance of high grades.

    To me, there are a lot of other benefits that come from being able to get high grades that a school sponsored dance shouldn't be one of them.
    Not very much thats tangible at their age. Aodhan gets straight A's and he told me the other day that he thinks going to school is useless. Oi!

    Fortunately he did receive a letter from his old principal at his elementary school saying he was proud of him making a good transition to middle school.

    I think they need something tangible...just like kids want something tangible for the other stuff.

    ETA: Like i said, when i was in elmentary school and high school, academic achievement was my saving grace, not because i could tell myself every night i could get into a good college. It was because i received positive reinforcement for doing so.
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    I agree with the tangible aspect. I think rewarding them by leaving early to start the dance early was sufficient though.
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