Which Is Worse -- Preschool Graduations, Or 8th Grade Ones?

Today's Boston Globe describes a "quiet backlash" among some parents and educators against increasingly-elaborate preschool and kindergarten graduation ceremonies: A rite of passage, with tears and fidgeting.

Meanwhile, Chicago-area educators and parents debate whether 8th grade graduation ceremonies are appropriate, given the expectation that kids graduate high school at least.


Anonymous paul said...

I think people are planning too many graduations. My wife and I have had this conversation several times... the sheer number of graduations (preschool, kindergarten, 6th grade, 8th grade, 12th grade, college) devalues each one. Preschoolers and kindergarteners probably won't remember their graduations. Are these for the parents? Are parents worried that these might be the only graduations they get to see? Have we lowered expectations?

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