Last night I went to my oldest child’s 8th grade graduation. Everyone around us was making a huge deal about it. Planning parties, dinners and grand celebrations. They’ve purchased new dresses, suits and cakes. Many have gotten the pre-ordered video and set up times for the professional photographer. Had hair and make-up professionally done.
8th grade graduation from middle school - not a big deal
Am I so awful that I don’t see 8th grade graduation as that big of a deal? Isn’t graduation from 8th grade a given? Is it that huge of an accomplishment? After going to lunch with friends yesterday, they couldn’t believe my cavalier attitude about the whole event. I found myself apologizing over and over again… I’m sorry, but isn’t it a normal expectation to graduate 8th grade? I’m sorry, but maybe it’s me that deserves the diploma for all the papers I’ve proofread and projects I helped put together at the last minute.
This is the same kid I sat through pre-school and Kindergarten graduation. To me, we’re setting our standards and expectations too low. These are normal steps in the ladder. Can we reserve the grand pomp and circumstance for reaching the top of the ladder? I know I’m in the minority, but I think you go all out when something extraordinary happens. Save the special for something special. It reminds me of participation trophies for sports (a whole other topic).
I’m sure there were times middle school was hard. Definitely emotionally and socially difficult. I witnessed that. Maybe there should be a “surviving the drama” celebration.
But was is really so difficult academically that we need to have an enormous party for reaching the end? I can’t tell you how many times my 13 year old told me (around the times her grades were sent home) “Eighth grade doesn’t matter”
I just wonder if I’m being too cynical and harsh, or if eighth grade signifies the end of childhood and we should be marking it with a great big exclamation point.