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An Open Letter to America: Graduation

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1--- An Open Letter to America: Graduation on Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:08 pm

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Dear America,

What the heck? I just came from the eighth grade awards ceremony, and when my Spanish teacher came up to present an award, she was crying because she just came from her daughter's fifth grade graduation. Seriously? I don't know about you guys, but in my school district, the middle school is JUST ACROSS THE PARKING LOT from the elementary school, and yet fifth grade graduation is such a big, hug-your-teachers-that-you'll-probably-see-next-year-anyways deal. And that's not even the worst part. Yesterday, one of my Mom's piano student's mother called, saying they couldn't come to their recital because they were too busy preparing for their other child's kindergarten graduation. KINDERGARTEN!? REALLY!? Back on my last day of Kindergarten, they just tell us we'll be going to a different room next year! But no! The next generation of kindergarten students WEAR GOWNS, HATS, AND MAKE FREAKIN' SPEECHES ABOUT THEIR TIME IN THE SCHOOL! I think Americans (Sadly, I am American) are starting to overreact about school. IT'S KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION FOR GOD'S SAKE!

*deep breathing*

That is all.


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2--- Re: An Open Letter to America: Graduation on Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:23 pm

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I never had a 'kindergarten' graduation ceremony. We had a semi-formal ceremony leaving 5th grade (since after that, we had to move to a different school completely)

I don't even remember my ceremony for moving out of middle school. We might not have had one.

But I totally agree. Have a small family celebration if anything, but no need for cap and gowns unless you're graduating high school or getting a degree in college x_x;;;;

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3--- Re: An Open Letter to America: Graduation on Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:11 pm

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I went to a Catholic school.
There was a Kindergarten Graduation (Yes, they got out a week before the rest of us did.)
There was a 5th Grade Graduation (Even though our school was just one long hallway >.>)
And yes, there was an 8th Grade Graduation.

I think that all of these things are very important steps in life.
If you think about it; think about the transitions that kids *normally* have to go through.
I know Catholic school might be a lot different, and this is coming from a kid who graduated 8th grade with six kids in his class.
Six.
Crazy right?
But I mean, 8th Grade Graduation is the most important in my opinion.
But then again, I'm a Freshmen Mentor at school too >.>
Middle-High school is the biggest jump,
Because 5th Graders still act like most Middle Schoolers anyways.
Sorry If I'm hating on any of you.
But at my school, or those who rode my bus when I used to, they all acted the same Smile

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4--- Re: An Open Letter to America: Graduation on Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:55 pm

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Yeah....but I think some of the points you bring up actually support not making a huge deal out of a graduation.

I mean, a parent should be proud their kid made it through the year and didn't get held back...but I still don't know if a college graduation type ceremony is necessary. It just reminds me of the part in the 'incredibles' movie when the dad was talking about how the school systems celebrate mediocrity...

Like how you say most 5th graders kind of act like middle schoolers. It's just an example to show not much is changing necessarily.

It might depend on the time period as well. Nowadays, its the norm to at least complete high school. But not so long ago, stopping around middle school or elementary school then getting a job was more normal.

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5--- Re: An Open Letter to America: Graduation on Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:27 am

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They make huge deals out of something so small


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6--- Re: An Open Letter to America: Graduation on Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:00 am

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Thank god for English schools XD.
I had one celibration in Year 6 because I was leaving England and comin' to Ascenion but other than that nothin'.

7--- Re: An Open Letter to America: Graduation on Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:54 pm

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:O i didnt say goodbye to any of my teachers! T^T i feel bad now... but the HS is right across the street so...


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