Why Honors Is Just A Label

Opinion of Julia Walker

Walking into the first day of freshman year, students have different expectations for themselves.

My goals were being in the “hardest” classes, filling up my schedule, and challenging myself. I thought being in honors and A.P. classes was somehow more honorable than taking A or B  classes.

Now that I am halfway through sophomore year, I realize honors classes are overrated.
In English, my teacher asked what we thought “honors” classes meant. Many raised their hands and said honors classes push students harder, are designed for advanced learners, and move at challenging paces. Personally, I think labelling a class as “honors” is unnecessary and means nothing.

The main purpose of high school is educating students and teaching them how to challenge themselves. It doesn’t matter what level classes somebody takes, as long as they are learning to the best of their ability. All classes – if appropriately placed – should be pushing  students,

I have heard many light-hearted jokes about how people in B classes are slower and less capable of success, and pretentious comments about how students in higher levels work so much harder than any other East Lyme student. Labeling and judging students based on the level of their classes is inconsiderate because everyone has different talents and is able to excel in different areas.

Lastly, honors, A, and B classes should be equally challenging if the student is in the right place. How challenging a class is depends on the student. For some, A or B classes can be as challenging as an honors  class.

In the end, everyone has different goals and expectations, and as long as students are being active learners, they are doing the best that a high school student can do. Class levels do not mean anything, and there is no reason to be ashamed or put down because of being in different class levels.

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