Last night was the grandchildren's "kindergarten graduation." And that means I'm about to get in trouble because of this post.
I've never been a fan of other-than-high school graduation. To me, calling any kind of schooling completion and advancement by the term "graduation" is a silly ... and potentially dangerous ... thing to do.
Okay, maybe "dangerous" is too strong a word. Maybe.
You see, I think the whole purpose of calling "kindergarten graduation" by the term "graduation" is to make people feel good about it.
That's a load of crap. Calling it "graduation" simply to make them feel good about it, that is.
"Why?" you ask. Simple. It cheapens high school graduation.
I remember when my sisters "graduated" from middle school. They called it that. And that was a load of crap then. And it's a load of crap now.
When finishing a school bloc ... like kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school ... means graduation, that means that graduation is nothing more than finishing the current bloc.
And that cheapens graduation.
Graduation should be the conferral of a degree or diploma marking completion of studies. Not the completion of a step in a gradual process. Graduation should be the completion of the process, not a step in the process.
Graduation should be a special event, signifying an actual accomplishment. Like finishing school.
Okay, yes, the grandchildren were happy and the parents were happy and the grandparents (including me) were happy and happy for them. But I'm worried about the happiness being spread out over 12-13 years. It should be saved up and enjoyed at high school graduation.
If you want to make the little ones and their parents happy, tell them they are "promoted."
I never undersood why "promotion" wasn't good enough. Maybe some of the parents don't understand "promoted" because they never got promoted? Gosh, it must be a tough world behind the counter at McDonald's, huh.
But you can make the little ones happy by telling them that "promotion" is important, and gets them closer to graduation. But they should understand that graduation comes after the 12th grade. You don't get promoted after that. You graduate. And then go to college. Or go to work. Or keep dealing drugs. Or whatever.
In a couple of weeks, the Wife and I are traveling to Tennessee to witness a niece's graduation. And it's a real graduation. She's finishing high school. We're proud of her, and we're looking forward to the trip.
But about last night, I'm happy for the grandchildren. I really am. I just hate that the importance of their high school graduation is being cheapened. And that most parents and grandparents are playing right along.