When was finishing Grade 7 a graduation? Is there a diploma?
Kids graduate from Kindergarten, then from elementary school. Then some spend their whole grade 12 year planning “The Big One”. It’s madness.
It’s like the awards shows on TV: Having too many of them lessens their value and we lose interest.
Grade 12 graduation should be a celebration, that’s for sure. I don’t think it needs to be as lavish as it is nowadays. Everyone wants their fairytale evening so that they will remember that night for the rest of their life. But what about the things learned and the daily achievements?
But one graduation isn’t enough. Elementary, middle and junior school students now have to do the same. I can see these students having an evening with their families, friends and teachers to reflect back on their achievements and maybe present some performances. But, like the middle school students here (I’m not in PR), having a formal dance with gowns and suits, if not tuxedos, is going a bit too far.
What’s interesting here is that all this is organized by parents. I can never understand why some parents want their children and teenagers to act like adults in trivial matters but don’t really teach them certain behaviours that, in my opinion, all adults should have like honesty, altruism, self-control, respect and hard work.