Thumbs up to the principal and staff of Strathcona Elementary School in Chilliwack, B.C. for their recent principled stand against school awards; it’s a growing trend (Globe and Mail, September 4, 2017 front page).
A teacher’s role is to help others learn, to help others to develop attitudes, skills and knowledge to thrive today, tomorrow and in later life. I am certainly not against students taking part in competitions and receiving awards but teachers, and I would argue schools, should have no role in making the selection.
I’m aware of some instances where a local community foundation administers funds for school districts; perhaps that role could even be enlarged to include selecting winners. Having said this, I must declare that my past includes a period as a director of the Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island.
As a person who advocates for school autonomy, I’m curious to know if a school on P.E.I. has the autonomy to remove the making of awards from its agenda.
A long-time student of education