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Uncle Irvin: Why drop class ranking?

02/02/2016 01:19PM ● By Richard Gaw

The issue of class ranking on college-bound senior college applications is really a non-issue.

There is no reason for the U-CF School Board or any other secondary school – public or private – to change the status quo. Why fix something that needs no fix?

What Unionville-Chadds Ford is contemplating is like universities dropping magna and summa designations, Dean's list and Phi Beta Kappa awards that distinguish and recognize student achievements.

Attempts to homogenize a competitive system that recognizes individual accomplishments is really anti-American and anti-capitalist. Furthermore, class rank is a necessary measuring stick in smaller schools. Being in the top 10 percent in a class of 400 isn't the same as the top 10 percent in a class of 100.

Why don't school boards spend their time on cutting costs without cutting quality, rather than changing a tradition?

(Uncle Irvin's column is his opinion only, and is not a news story.)