From the Boston Globe story:
"In an e-mail to students and parents, Richards said that Needham’s high achievement levels have a dark side, creating a competitive culture among students where grades are compared within groups and argued over with teachers.
He said he received 60 e-mails from supporters and critics of his decision.
Critics said publishing the honor roll in the local paper counters the media’s emphasis on athletics and tragedies.
Richards responds: ‘‘By having an honor roll in the first place, the school participates in a sorting of students."
Wow. Is that something or WHAT?
I remember that one time I achieved the A/B honor roll in high school, which was in my senior year. I couldn't wait to open the weekly newspaper to see my name in there. I worked hard that semester, I EARNED it. And while I was an average student, I never for one moment felt we should have begrudged those honor roll students for their achievements.
Richards claims the school participates in a "sorting of students" well what the hell does he expect? Does he think every student to be exactly the same? As long as every student has an EQUAL opportunity to learn, I say every student for him(or her) self.
Shame on Needham High School for sending the message that achievement is a bad thing.