By a mother
I attended my daughter’s end of year ceremony. The best speaking and most presentable was chosen to speak “on behalf” of her classmates and a select few got awarded for being the best in an area (learning, davening etc.).
My daughter and the others? Didn’t exist.
Ten months of school have passed. Arrived on time. Studied to the best of one’s ability. Tried hard to get good grades. Respected teachers and staff. Helped fellow students. Volunteered for chesed and participated in all school activities and Mivtzoim.
But only the smartest and studious are recognized. Chances for your standard and average yet hard-working student to be commended for his or her hard work are zero to none. That the only way to be recognized in school is either to be the very best of the class or the very worst of the class.
Don’t we learn to find the “winning point” in every child? To develop the potential and capabilities Hashem has given them? Isn’t every every neshama most precious?
And if we can’t find the single point in which each child excelled, then perhaps we should relinquish our administrative seat to someone else who can and will.
Every child and every student deserves to walk home with an award from school. Every single one.