It recently came to my attention while visiting a local high school that students are segregated and treated unequally under the school system. A student informed me that the identification cards were color-coded according to grade point average. Moreover, the color determined that student's privileges at school. Basically students with a higher GPA could be rewarded with a get-out-of-jail-free card, if you will.
Why is the public school system branding the children by their grades? My initial thought was that it could give incentive for students to strive for good grades. However, I am more concerned about the discrimination this creates, especially for those students that may never achieve the sought-after color because of disabilities they may have.
Also, the stigma created for each of these colors on the IDs can certainly not be conducive to a productive and healthy educational environment.
Furthermore, I am concerned about what this teaches students about the real world. If good grades give students the opportunity to ditch class without penalties, how will students learn to navigate responsibilities in their future careers?
KIMBERLY VAN SPRONSEN