Extreme parenting fail: Suing after daughter isn't chosen valedictorian

Why are some parents so ridiculous? Get this, a couple in Los Angeles is thinking about filing a lawsuit against their school district because their daughter lost the valedictorian spot by having a GPA that was only .05 points lower than the top student. In other words, being a salutatorian--or getting second place--wasn't good enough for Elisha Marquez's parents, even though the 18-year-old is headed to Stanford in the fall and has already won an engineering internship at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Is this a joke?


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I'd be so freaking orgullosa of my daughter that I'd be bursting at the seams with pride. The last thing on my mind would be thinking about suing the school district because I believe their system is flawed. Who cares?

Well, apparently, Elisha's parents. Carol, her mom, says that being the salutatorian instead of the valedictorian means that all of her daughter's "sleepless nights" were "for nothing." While her dad, Nelson, says: "You don't want your kid to be a loser. That's what they're basically saying. Be a loser."

Really? So being accepted to an Ivy League school and earning a bunch of scholarships is not reward enough? Who the heck cares about some label given at a high school graduation? It's not like not being chosen valedictorian is going to make Stanford take back their acceptance.

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I'm sorry, but I fail to see how Marquez family would even have a case. To me, they're giving way too much importance to something that, in the end, should not define Elisha nor her future success. Extreme parenting at its best!

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Topics: child rearing  education  hispanic children  teenagers


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on Jul 23, 2012 at 5:22 PM
Umm, I hate to tell you this, but Stanford is not an Ivy League school. The Ivies are Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Cornell, and Dartmouth. One trademark is that they're all on the east coast. Stanford's in CA.
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on Dec 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM
You clearly don't know how much work goes into becoming Valedictorian. It isn't just about having the title, it's about getting well deserved recognition for working INCREDIBLY hard for four years - for pulling all nighters when you'd rather be out with friends, for doing all of the work in group projects because your peers don't care, for going to extra review sessions when you'd rather be eating lunch. You might think it's silly that the family wants to sue, but really - it's an extremely hard thing to cope with, working so hard and falling just short. So please, PLEASE don't you DARE condescend to this family. You might think it's not big deal, but to her and her family, it meant a lot. Also, don't try to use the fact that she got accepted into Stanford and received X awards as reasons for why her family shouldn't complain. Each of these accomplishments took a LOT of work to achieve and you minimize the magnitude of them all by acting as if it's okay that she doesn't get one because she got the others, as if it were just a pat on the back. Yes, you cite an excellent quote to make her parents look like uncaring, Machiavellian freaks, but really, they're just expressing their frustration and disappointment as well. Plus, you don't know the family. You don't know the context. Don't pretend like one quote means they love their daughter's accomplishments more than they love her as a person. You don't know anything, so please step down from your high and mighty pedestal.
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