Saturday, May 24, 2008


School is out here and as I was driving to the store I passed the elementary school and today was 5th grade graduation.

Why are there so many *graduations* I mean high school and college is all there used to be. Now we have Kindergarten graduation for crying out loud, WTF?

They are just continuing to dumb down the kids, level the field, everyone has to be the same.

Two years ago we participated in the soccer league here, it's completely different than what we were accustomed to in PA. Anyway every kid gets a trophy at the end of the season, even if they didn't show up half the time.
What is the purpose of that?

In the past my boys earned trophies and medals and now they just give them to everyone. It's like nobody is recognized for their talents but everyone is rewarded for nothing.

It's like Bob Parr says in The Incredibles:

"They keep creating new ways to celebrate mediocrity."

Another one:

Helen Parr : "Everyone's special, Dash."

Dash: "Which is another way of saying no one is."

The Dumbing Down of America continues...


Grace Walker said...

Stephanie, I really appreciate your thoughts here! That is so true. This has expanded my understanding in this area. Thank you. :o)

Paige said...

A local Christian school had their "graduation" ceremonies last week...for two kindergarteners. :P

And Thurs. my niece was asking if we would come to her "6th grade graduation".

So, they graduate from kindergarten, sixth, eighth, and 12th now? Or are there more?

And the trophies....yeah, that's just plain silly. When I was a kid they might give everyone a certificate for "participation" or something, but trophies were reserved for *big* things.

justjuls said...

I have always loved that quote!

Funny enough - homeschoolers do this - they have kindergarten graduations, etc. etc. etc. - what is going on?

How odd.

We went to our end of the year co-op thingy - and the kids got awards for memorizing things and saying things and doing things. I just don't care about all that BS anymore. Thank you - save the rainforest and quit printing out certifications of stupidity!