Setting high expectations for students is a good thing. But sometimes you can go overboard.
Take the case of Baltimore’s Western High School, the nation’s oldest all-girls public school. It told 17-year-old senior Gaetana Vitale that she could not participate in her graduation ceremony because she had not been accepted to a four-year university.
Thing is, she had been accepted at a nearby community college where she planned to study pre-veterinarian science.
But community college wasn’t good enough according to Western, which the Baltimore Sun reports has had a “longstanding practice of preventing students who have been accepted to two-year colleges from participating in the school’s graduation ceremony.”
Doesn’t make a lot of sense does it?
I could make sport of Western school officials for their nonsensical policy. But it would be a cheap shot. Officials did have a logicalif flawedreason for their policy. And they made students aware of the rules when they enrolled.
Besides, the Sun reports that school officials decided to waive the requirement this year and rethink the logic behind their practice.