A speech delivered at the Fall 2017 Honor Roll Assembly, at the invitation of Student Council, by Jacob Steward, English Department Chair.
Good morning, everyone.
Thank you to STUCO for inviting me to share some of my thoughts on honor roll and academics with everyone today. First I’d like to congratulate all of the students on the honor roll today. Good job, everyone. I hope that this achievement signals that your efforts are producing results.
I do find it ironic to be standing up here to talk today. I haven’t been shy with my students in sharing my thoughts on grades: that ultimately, there’s a pretty decent amount of subjectivity in determining them, and that they are not what is important anyway. I’ve seen the barely disguised eye-rolls when I’ve pontificated about grades, and thank you for trying to suppress them, but I have seen. Oh, I have seen.