OFF CAMPUS - Grinnell students were shocked to hear that Davis Elementary School, located in Grinnell, had been named a Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education.
Some were taken aback even by the basic details of the story.
“I didn’t even know Grinnell had an elementary school!” said Shania Harill ’19. “I thought Grinnell was mainly just a bunch of houses, churches, and Walmart departments. But I guess it makes sense that there are kids here: I mean some professors have kids, and there are a lot of professors.”
Jack Petros ‘17 said, “At first I thought the S&B had gotten their facts wrong, maybe they got a little too self gov with their writers or something. It would make sense if Grinnell College won an award for something, but Davis Elementary School? Come on!”
“Next someone is going to tell me that there’s a separate Grinnell police department, and that Grinnell College security aren’t the ones patrolling the town” Petros continued. “I always assumed that this is what explained security’s response times.”
The award has caused diverse reactions among Grinnell students. Some responded negatively to the news.
Blake Andrews ‘18 said, “Hearing this, I just feel very threatened overall. First news comes out about Grinnell ratings not changing, and now I learn that an elementary school won some Department of Education award and we didn’t? Personally, I know that I go to a selective small liberal arts school with a rigorous yet wide-ranging curriculum. But something inherent in the system of all these ratings and awards is neglecting that information. I wonder how great the classes truly are at Davis Elementary. Do they have an open curriculum like ours? I bet their professors all give their students easy A’s…”
However, the news also inspired some students.
Said Harill, “After reading that article I finally decided to cross 6th Avenue and walk off campus. I was really amazed with the experience. There weren’t any tumbleweeds rolling across the sidewalks and there was color everywhere, no grayscale to be seen. I always thought that once you really get into the actual Midwest, everything is black and white like in The Wizard of Oz.”