Do we need preschool graduation ceremonies?
Spend a little time watching videos of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students at graduation ceremonies, or, to save time, just take my word for it, but it's time to call a halt to these events.
The kids are surely very adorable as they parade around in their graduation caps and gowns, and as they perform songs and dances for proud parents and grandparents.
(At the moment, my favorite performance is the “Rules Rap,” by kids at the pre-K graduation ceremony at the Pike County Elementary School in Zebulon, Ga., on May 21, but that is subject to change, and I am open to suggestion. Here’s a video.)
But, come on, folks.
Far too many hours go into preparing for these events. They can cost too much money. And most kids don’t remember a thing about them when they get older. Actually the wonder is gone by the next day.
Do 4- and 5-year-olds really need this “closure”? Do they really need to spend hours getting ready to entertain adults?
One of the factors driving these events is money. Decking kids out in graduation garb has become a business. The web has numerous sites that cater to the kiddie graduation market. You can buy graduation clothing, poems, pictures, keepsakes.
At www.rhymeuniversity.com, for just $23.95 you can get the Deluxe Graduation Package, complete with cloth cap and gown, tassel with year charm, graduate sash, ring, diploma with matching invitation and program cover. (There’s a non-deluxe package too.)
I didn’t have that much when I graduated from graduate school.
Another site, www.buzzle.com, offers free ideas for ceremonies and spells out the rationale for why these events are important:
“Be it a college graduation ceremony or a preschool graduation – the moment is equally special... A preschool graduation is a time to celebrate the achievements of the preschoolers and wish them luck as they step into the statutory education phase.”
These events really aren’t for the kids. They are for the adults. And that just seems wrong.
But go ahead, tell me why I'm wrong.
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| June 10, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
Categories: Early Childhood | Tags: caps and gowns for kids, graduation caps for children, graduation ceremonies, kindergarten graduation, pre-k graduation ceremonies, preschool graduation
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