Words….Witticisms…Whimsy…Whatever!

We need to talk.

Ok. I have calmed down. I am not going to post the hotheaded rant I wrote earlier in the week. I will say this nicely. Ish.  But after the Facebook thread I was in a day or so ago where many of us shared the same issue, I decided some of you really need to hear this. And if you read this and wonder if I’m talking about you, I am. And eighty-two other people.  And your kid’s school.

Your family is celebrating a milestone of sorts and that is swell and I am happy for you (well…ok, now I’m just being polite) and I will even look at some of your pictures on Facebook. Knock yourself out with the pictures and the happiness.

However.

Your child did not just graduate from kindergarten. Or fifth grade. Or pre-school. Or eighth grade.

As a noun, a graduate is a person holding an academic degree or diploma.
As a verb, to graduate means to receive a degree or diploma on completing a course of study.

Did your kid get a diploma? Then he didn’t graduate, sorry Charlie.

At what point did we decide that merely advancing to the next year in school merits this kind of pomp? Is it just me, or does it take away from the truly special occasions when we make every little thing into a Life Event?

And lest you think you’re powerless against the system, Klondike just sent me the following message about his son:

‘’Btw, you’d be proud of A. He decided 8th grade ‘graduation’ is stupid so he didn’t bring home any of the literature and thus none of us attended.’’

Atta boy.  😀

Frazz is on board too, and you know how much I adore him.

frazz graduation

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Comments on: "We need to talk." (5)

  1. I thought it was just me! Thank you Thank you Thank you. From a mom who has a graduating 6th grader. ha ha

  2. Blame it on the schools. They are usually the first to brand these events a “graduation”. They should be called “Ascensions”.

  3. Kristin H said:

    It is impossible for you to be talking about me. I like that.

  4. 1st, how on earth might one get the screen-name “giant-thunder-cock-69” and whatever happened to subtlety?

    2d, this is just another symptom of the ribbon of participation nation we have become.

    3d, I vote next time you let us have it with the full blown rant…

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