Tag: Valedictorian

The War on Competition

Competition is not only a good thing, but a necessary thing. Without the competitive spirit, mankind would never progress, never learn, never grow, evolve, invent new things, improve, or do anything else worthwhile or noble. But, the Left sees competition as bad because competition proves the folly of the Left’s deranged obsession with equality. So, the Left prefers to pursue equality, no matter how much damage that does to mankind. And valedictorians are just the latest target

Schools are getting rid of their “valedictorian” titles over concerns that they create harmful competition, influence course selection and propagate misconceptions of large disparities in GPA because of differences in class rank.

Nearly half of American high schools do not display class rank, according to the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and many schools give out awards to students who obtain a certain grade-point average or higher instead of only the highest-scoring student, reported the Associated Press.

The NASSP stresses that schools should encourage cooperation instead of competition with regard to academic excellence. Connor Carrow of Lancaster High School in New York wants his school to switch from honoring the top 10 students to the cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude system of honors typically adopted by colleges. He advocated this switch well before placing 14th in his own graduating class.

Cooperation is another wonderful thing, but it is certainly not necessary to eliminate competition to stress cooperation. Teams, and businesses do both every day don’t they? The fact is both offer incentives for individual, as well as collective goals, and improvements. The desire to be the best spurs greatness, and not just in the winners of a game, or the person with the best GPA. Tiger Woods made a lot of other golfers better, even if most will never reach the heights he did.

Competition is part of the human condition. Yes, some go too far, and no one likes a sore winner. But the overall good, for everyone, that competition brings, far outweighs any negatives. The Left cannot see this. All they see is winners, losers and thus inequality. Inequality, to the Left is an egregious sin. Of course, inequality is all around us. Some people are smarter, better looking, have more charisma, etc. Again, this is reality, but the Left misses the necessity of competition. My niece, now seven, loves riding her bike, and she is far from the most skilled rider in the neighborhood. But her efforts to keep up with older kids, or kids with better bikes, has her improving constantly.

What good would it do her to have “bike equality”? She would never show any improvement, and the other kids who are more experienced riders would be penalized. And what of kids not as good as my niece? What would they have to strive for? Nothing of course. All the kids would simply be muddled together, riding slowly, so as not to leave any behind. The kids would quickly become bored and disinterested, and would like park their bikes. This would be a sad result, but the Left would prefer this, as all would be, yes, equal. Which reminds me of one of life’s great truths. The Left prefers an equality of misery to a happy society with “inequality” where everyone is free to improve.

In Your Face, Leftists! High School Valedictorian Ignores Atheistic Edict, Adds Lord’s Prayer To Speech (Video)

High School Valedictorian Stuns Audience After He Rips Up Speech And Delivers The Lord’s Prayer Instead; Wild Applause Follows – The Blaze

Roy Costner IV, a former public school student from South Carolina, stunned the audience at his high school graduation last weekend when he ripped up his previously-approved valedictorian speech, going on, instead, to speak about God – and then deliver the Lord’s prayer.


The act, which drew loud applause, was taken in opposition to the School District of Pickens County’s decision to axe prayers from graduation events, Christian News reports. Officials said that they had recently received complaints from atheist activists and church-state separatists, leading to the removal of invocations from all school events.

But that didn’t stop Costner.

The Liberty High School ceremony is already making its way into national headlines, as the valedictorian’s actions and the subsequent cheers this past Saturday were caught on video.

As he spoke, Costner went from merely mentioning “the Lord” to jumping right into the well-known prayer.

“Those that we look up to, they have helped carve and mold us into the young adults that we are today. I’m so glad that both of my parents led me to the Lord at a young age,” he said. “And I think most of you will understand when I say -”

And that’s when he commenced the popular invocation.

“Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name,” Costner continued. “Thy Kingdom come…”


Throughout the entirety of the prayer, cheers and clapping raged. The school district, which, as stated, was already facing scrutiny over graduation prayers earlier this year, has no plans to punish the former student for his actions (after all, he’s no longer under their authority, so what retribution could he receive?).

Some in attendance praised the speech as bold, while it’s likely that atheist activists and other church-state separatists will be less-than-contented by the inclusion of prayer.

“I think it took a lot of courage to do that,” one attendee said of Costner’s decision. “People were [supportive] that he stood up for what he believed in.”

Students, according to the district, must have their speeches approved before delivering them at graduation. While Costner began speaking from his secular script, he eventually deviated and invoked his faith.

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