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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"Graduations"

One of my first teaching positions was teaching 8th grade math in New Jersey.  I loved that school because I worked with awesome people.  If I had to be honest, some of the students scared me a bit...especially that one that threatened to kick my teeth in.  He was pretty awesome.

Anyway, this is where I came to love my hate for "graduations."

That's right...I hate "graduations."

Don't get me wrong.  I love the graduations that come at the end of high school or college.  Those graduations are pretty damn awesome.

The ones that I hate are the ones at the end of any other type of school.

We need to end those.  They're ridiculous.

It was at this school that I realized there is no place for caps, gowns, and class rings at the end of 8th grade.  They're not actually "graduating" from anything...they're just switching buildings.

In my opinion, and you can disagree if you want, a graduation is something that is earned through years of hard work.  It is something that should be seen as a pinnacle of achievement and that should be held as something to reach for...something to strive for...something that is not given away lightly.

And yet, we have people having "graduations" from nursery school, elementary school, middle school...it's madness.

What do you think?  Are you a fan of "graduations?"  Or would you rather wait for the real thing?

P.S. A teacher from that building, who was not a fan of "graduations," mentioned that the 8th grade "Graduation" was the closest that some of these parents would get to seeing their kids in a cap and gown.  That kind of made me sad, but she had a point, huh?