“Success For Every Student By Name”

Success for this student by name: Melvin Van Nerdlinger
Success for this student by name: Melvin Van Nerdlinger

It’s that time of year again, with schools opening from Rocklin to Dixon, and so I return to one of the biggest educational mysteries of the Sacramento region: the enigma that is Sac City Schools’ motto: “Success For Every Student By Name.” I have blogged about this before, when at the time I thought it was merely the motto for the open enrollment department. But with Sac City’s website undergoing a redesign for the new school year (actually I believe it’s been completely re-engineered, not just redesigned) that motto is right there staring me in the face, daring me to either stand up and challenge its naked lack of sense or sit politely and accept that the Emperor’s new motto is quite beautifully crafted.

Is the problem as simple as including the extraneous words “By Name”? Because “Success For Every Student” is a fine motto, if a little bland, and perhaps “By Name” is sort of just an indicator that they are going to measure the success in alphabetical order rather than by student ID number or geographically, or by each student’s probability for growing up to be a serial killer as determined by DNA sampling using tech from the 30th century brought back by a time traveling robot.

Am I completely off base here or is that motto not the most Newspeak-y one around? We have always been at war with Elkgroveia…

Author: CoolDMZ

"X-ray vision to see in between / Where's my kimono and my time machine?"

2 thoughts on ““Success For Every Student By Name””

  1. Clearly the work of a Wheel-watcher, based on those “before and after” questions. Yes, I used to watch Wheel of Fortune. Reality TV is something we now take for granted, but it wasn’t always thus.


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