Cycle classes shouldn't count towards Principal's List or Honor Roll
I would like to do away with cycle classes keeping a student off of Honor Roll or Principal’s List, which they can in my school. Cycle classes consist of gym, health, woodshop, art, music, computers/keyboarding, Cooking, sewing, and Spanish. Right now, if a student gets all A’s but a C in one of said cycles, they are kept off of the Principal’s List and even Honor Roll. This is unfair to the students and needs to be resolved. The only exception that I would make is if a student doesn’t pass health, music, or Spanish, (academic classes), then they are still off of the Honor’s Lists. I know several very smart, all A’s students who are lousy sewers, woodworkers, and athletes. It is hard for them to achieve a passing grade, especially an A if they are going for Principal’s List. Some people just don't possess a skill necessary to pass the hands-on classes and we shouldn’t punish them for that. The reason I make an exception for health, music, and Spanish is because they are classes where if you study and do homework, you pass. They are on the same level as math, language arts, science, and social studies/civics. The other classes require skill and hand-eye coordination. In woodshop, if you drill a hole wrong, your project is messed up and a domino reaction occurs, causing you to lose points. In sewing, if you sew the hems incorrectly, you lose points. If you aren’t creative enough in art, you won’t do very well. And in any classes with large projects (woodshop and sewing), you have to be good with time management, which many students aren’t. My point is that Principal’s List and Honor Roll should only be determined by academic grades, not hands-on ones. I am confident that you will agree based on the information stated above and will sign my petition. Thank you!