A Massachusetts principal has cancelled an honors convocation because some students would feel bad. They worked hard, after all, and didn't get all "A's". That last, given the dilapidated state of our schools is itself shocking. I'm surprised the school district even permits his teachers to give grades less than A.
I remember once, when my father was studying computer programming at a community college in the late '70s and he got a 4.0 transcript. We congratulated him, but he just scoffed. "I showed up and I paid my tuition. If you show up most of the time and pay your tuition you get a B+. If you don't show up, but pay your tuition, they may - after due deliberation, with caveats and hand-wringing - give you a B-. If you pay part of your tuition you get a C. If you don't show up and don't pay your tuition, then after consulting with their lawyers, tax accountants, psychologists, and seeking personal trauma counseling, they might give you a D."
We must allow for some distortion in the reporting, however. If you read to the end of the article, you find that he plans to include the honors assembly as part of the final end-of-year assembly where they'll recognize these students in front of everyone. On the other hand, his letter explaining the change says, basically, that it's not fair to those who work hard, make progress, but don't get the A, and that it's not fair when some students get support and encouragement at home while others don't.
I think the principal's decision could make sense. He'd rather not have that assembly early in the semester because it kills morale in those other hard-working students before they get to the end of the semester. In reaching for leftist nostrums about fairness and feelings and what not to explain moving the honors bit to the end of the term, not calling it "moving" but "cancelling," and so on, he's displaying a tin ear when it comes to public relations and a failure to grasp elementary logic. As a result, he gets plastered all over FoxNews as the poster boy for what's wrong with education in America and what is (I hope) momentary stupidity becomes his defining moment.