Published Online: November 25, 1998
A Guiding Hand
|Following are excerpts on the selection of inductees from the
National Honor Society's handbook.
"All decisions concerning selection have a certain
subjective element, but problems can be avoided if the faculty
council develops and follows some objective criteria. ...
Whatever procedure is followed, it must be fair,
nondiscriminatory, consistently applied, and written for public
"In evaluating potential members for leadership, service,
and character, the faculty council often begins with a review
of the definitions of these criteria. These definitions should
also appear in the public description of the selection process.
A common understanding of the criteria for selection helps all
involved to accept and understand the professional decisions
made by the faculty council."
NHS and the Law
"Special care would seem to be needed in evaluating
character. Pregnancy in particular, whether within or without
wedlock, cannot be the basis for automatic rejection under
recent judicial interpretations of federal law.
"That is not to say, however, that pregnancy cannot be
considered as one determinant of character, as character is
defined by a particular faculty council. But pregnancy can be
so considered only if evidence of paternity is similarly
regarded as indicative of character. ...
"While students not selected for membership in the NHS are
not legally entitled to any kind of formal hearing or other
kind of due process, common courtesy would suggest that they be
graciously received, along with their parents, and that the
selection process be re-explained to them.
"This does not mean that the students or their parents have
a right to see the evaluation sheets or other papers which may
have been used by the faculty council in making their decisions
SOURCE: National Honor
Society Handbook, 15th Edition, published by the National
Association of Secondary School Principals.
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