The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

24 January 2004

Light, meet bushel

The vision of the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is "to become the top-performing school district in the nation."

Posting the honor roll apparently conflicts with this vision, or at least with the vision of the district's lawyers: Tennessee's privacy laws, they say, forbid releasing any academic information unless prior permission is given for each item disclosed.

At least one Nashville principal seems happy with the restriction: Dr Steven Baum of Julia Green Elementary School, "a school for Thought and Thoughtfulness" which serves comparatively upscale students, says that "if there are some children that always make it and others that always don't make it, there is a very subtle message that was sent."

(Via Joanne Jacobs, who suggests that the motivation is the fear of lawsuits by the parents of mediocre students.)

Posted at 7:21 PM to Dyssynergy

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I'm of two minds about the honor roll. Sure, kids who do well should be rewarded. But I also remember that when I first moved to Tennessee in sixth grade, I ended up being the only person on the honor roll that year. That didn't exactly endear me to the rest of my classmates.

Posted by: sya at 8:39 AM on 25 January 2004

That either speaks to the high quality of your education prior to moving to TN or the low quality of TN public education.

When I hear stories like yours I just think of the "unofficial" motto of Northwestern University.

"Beat us for four years. Work for us for forty."

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip at 12:13 PM on 25 January 2004