Students over-recognized, show lack of appreciation

The scene is reminiscent of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

A name is called. Silence. No one responds.

The process repeats again and again until one lone student walks across the stage.

The Academic Breakfast took place on Thursday, April 7.

Out of a total of 461 awards that were supposed to be given out that day, only 139 students showed up to accept.

Barely 30 percent showed up at a breakfast meant to recognize and honor their achievements.

Granted, some students who were supposed to be recognized were away on a band field trip. Assuming they would have shown up, that only slightly bumps up the percentage of attendance.

Around one out of every three students invited went to the awards ceremony, got a free meal and received an award.

While this is not unexpected or unusual in any way — students have been skipping this breakfast for years — it is still wrong.

However, the students who don’t attend seem to have a point.

Blue Valley gives out too many awards for exhibiting expected behavior. Tiger Tokens, $10 Tuesday, locker magnets, honor roll…

The list goes on.

It has gotten to the point where doing a good job isn’t special anymore.

When more than one-third of the school is asked to attend a breakfast to be rewarded for their hard work, that recognition means less.

Because everyone is doing well and being rewarded has become the norm, it is not appreciated as it should be.

Students have become over-rewarded.

That isn’t to say rewards for doing a good job are a bad thing — it just means that the requirements should be raised.

Showing up to class on time and doing your work should never qualify as something to be rewarded.

It should be expected.

Doing out-of-class work and applying yourself to your subjects, doing extra credit and all of the assignments is what should be recognized.

Studying for hours on end until you can understand the subject, not just being able to pass a test, is what should be rewarded.

At the same time, students need to begin appreciating these rewards.

Some of them actually put in the extra hours and dedication necessary to warrant walking across that stage.

We understand that at the moment, the awards are easy to come by.

But you still need to appreciate them. Today, they may not mean much, but outside of BV others will view it as an actual accomplishment.