Nothing is better for a grand parent than their grand children doing well. And this month was a great one for this grandfather. I noticed that they had the high school and middle school honor roll students in the paper. Of course as a grand parent I had to check out and see how the grand kids were doing. Alison, a junior in high school, was on the honor roll for that school. Ethan, a freshman, was on his honor roll as well. Aaron, a seventh grader, also made the honor roll in his school. I have not heard but bet that the Ward clan in Crawfordsville are right up there too. That along with my eldest grand son Brennan graduating this May from Hanover and was recently accepted by the law school at Valparaiso. All in all, a very satisfying January 2014 for my family anyway.
I did however notice that a rather large number of students made the high school honor list. That made me wonder a little just what the reason is. Is it that we have many outstanding students? Or is it the requirements are too lenient? Or is it the curriculum is not set as high as it should be. And no doubt my ideas of ability and of numbers are not what it is for those who are educators. I like to believe it is the ability of the students and teachers but there is always that doubt, at least in the minds of us older folks.
This brought to mind once again my youth when we played for fun not for trophy or ribbon awards. Other than school events, I honestly do not remember any time a trophy or something was given to a participant even if they did a good job of it. If we played baseball in a league possibly only the best would get any sort of award for their playing. Today, all one has to do is be there and you get a trophy or something just like all the rest of those on the team. If you are outstanding you may also receive a larger trophy to show your prowess.