(WJLA) - A middle school in Silver Spring is hosting a school dance Tuesday where the only ticket you need to get in is your report card.
Eastern Middle School's achievement dance will begin during the final period of the school day, according to a Washington Post story, with a DJ, free pizza and a game room. The catch? Only students with straight A's will be allowed to attend. Students with B's and C's on their report card will be allowed to join the party later, once classes are over for the day and the pizza has been put away. Students with poorer grades won't be allowed to attend at all.
The school-dance-as-motivation plan has drawn criticism from parents and others who complain that the party will exclude students and could lead to bullying. That problem is compounded by Eastern's student population, a combination of a competitive magnet school students and children from the local area around the school. The dance's grade requirements will end up excluding 306 of the schools 865 students, roughly 35 percent of the student body.
"You're creating a caste system that could easily result in bullying and victimization, which is what we're trying to prevent, especially in middle school," Barbara Marinak, an associate professor of education at Mount St. Mary's University, told the Post.