A local suburb, Needham, has decided to stop publishing its High School’s honor roll in the newspaper. Is that a good idea? An article in the local paper explains the reasoning:
“We’ve collected valuable data on the issue,” [High School Principal Paul] Richards added. “One aspect of the work is to examine ways in which the school, as an institution, might contribute to student stress by its traditions, practices, and other actions. The publishing of an honor roll has been identified as a potential contributor to the focus on grades.”
So why is it OK to publish athletic achievements— and music and drama — but not to publish academic ones?