Here is the comment I left:
When teachers or parents make success, rewards, gifts, excellence, treats, fun, grades or opportunities artificially scarce, we alienate and marginalize the very children who need us the most.
Critics might say that abolishing awards ceremonies will only smother children in a cloak of mediocrity. To this I ask the critics why they devalue something simply because everyone can acheive it? Do we wear dropout rates as a badge of honour? I would hope not. So why do we scoff at schools that celebrate every student?
Recognizing every student is no more an exercise in mediocrity than believing all children should graduate from high school.
Traditional Honor's certificates are more about control through seduction and exclusive elitism while the changes that Chris Wejr and his schools have made are more about unconditional, inclusive acceptance and recognition for all students.For more on the harmful effects of rewards, take a look at these:
Treating Kids Like Pets
Is Learning a Sport?
The Risks of Rewards
Punished by Rewards?
The Impact of Awards