Since when is 'valedictorian' more than single top student?


To the Editor:

The school administration has made a change which should be reconsidered. It concerns naming the class valedictorian.

Recent educational theory says recognizing individual achievement is bad for schoolwide self-esteem. I am with those who don't agree. We are satisfied that changing to multiple recipients is self-defeating for the entire class.

The change is invalid by definition -- valedictorian is singular. It is the one top performing student in a class. Current English has no provision for plural expression id est valedictorian "status".

E.P. Monahan M.D.


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