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Enough is enough

Posted: April 5, 2010 3:03 p.m.
Updated: April 6, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
As a father of two children in grammar school, I must comment on the uproar on the cancellation of eighth-grade "graduation."

As a child, I was rewarded for "graduating" from high school.

Today, we graduate and have a ceremony for several years of school. Today, we give "participation trophies" and no longer fail students.

Instead, we give them a 1, 2, 3 or a 4.

Today, parents feel entitled to know that little Suzie or Johnnie are doing wonderful and demand that the mission of the school district be to enhance their precious child's self esteem.

We no longer allow our children to fail, and instead reward them for the most mundane things for just participating or "graduating" from several different grades.

I have attended a pre-school graduation, and I say enough!

Teach your kids about our experiences and how many "graduations" we attended. Teach them about budgeting and about how buying books is more important than a ceremony.

Teach them that their silly ceremony can almost pay for a teacher for a year. Teach them that you aren't one of the self-absorbed parents who demand rewards for your children at all costs.

Rewards and trophies and graduations have been belittled, and I blame parents for this state of affairs.

The last time I received a reward or graduated, it meant something.

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