Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Critical Thinking

Our high school is requiring THREE rehearsals for graduation.  THREE.  What do the graduates have to do for graduation?  They have to line up in a prescribed order, enter the stadium in a line, sit down, and wait for their names to be called before going on the stage to receive a diploma.  This is not a particularly complex thing.  They've been pretty much doing this sort of thing since the first day of kindergarten when they had to line up at the door, sit in assigned spots, and respond during roll call.

That administration is requiring THREE rehearsals of at least a couple hours each for the behavior the students have been engaging in for 13 years speaks of how little faith they have in the education they have provided for our children, dontcha think?

25 comments:

G-Man said...

Thats a Travesty!!

G-Man said...

I'd be Non-Plussed!

G-Man said...

I be...YAHTZEE!!!!

Craig said...

That's ridiculous.

Seems like you got some administrators there with an exaggerated sense of their own importance. But then, you've told us that before, haven't you?

Hilary said...

Yup, that sounds about right.

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Beach Bum said...

Nothing really surprises me right now.

Cricket said...

Heh, heh. Sounds like it's time to bust out that magnifying glass you mentioned in a previous.

I remember the "rehearsal" for my own graduation, which consisted of a quick lecture from the headmaster on the morning of. We had to "process" from the school itself to a football field a fair distance away... maybe 1/4 mi., though still on school grounds. There were 1000 people in my class, too, so this was going to take a while. Anyway, the line I remember best: "When we get to the stadium, I want all smokes put out and all nips put away."

Yeah, it was a different time.

Jazz said...

Good thing they don't organize wedding rehearsals.... they'd need at least 10.

- Jazz

silly rabbit said...

Ha! That is so like a school! I think its more for the adults involved to rehearse than the students.

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

Lord knows it would be the end of the world if somebody went out of order!

Somebody there must be getting paid by the hour or something.

Craver Vii said...

Things don't have to be like that.

I head up a homeschooling group. We just held our end-of-year program. First, we prayed, then we ate lots of delicious grilled food, then each parent got up and acknowledged the character development and academic achievement of each of their children. The oldest was 17 and the youngest was 3 or 4. No rehearsals, no hassles. Then we hung around with the other parents, who are our pals, and enjoyed each others' company for a while, as the kids chased each other and... behaved like children. Aahhhhh... good times.

Bijoux said...

Whoa...my daughter's class of over 400 only had one rehearsal and they graduate in a theatre downtown. Maybe the cost of renting the joint forced them into the once and done routine?

secret agent woman said...

How absurd. My son's class was huge and they also only needed a single brief rehearsal.

Kat said...

GOOD GRIEF!!!!!!
That is craziness.

And I suppose if a graduate misses ONE of the rehearsals they will be BARRED from the ceremony. Looney.

Craver Vii said...

They had a "brief rehearsal" for Secret Agent Woman's son??? What kind of an operation have they got going there? The kids' briefs are nobody's business. ;-)

Jocelyn said...

I'm betting the rehearsals are for the administrators and not the students. The principal can't remember when he's supposed to sit down.

BBC said...

I'm 40ish and trying to decide what to be when I grow up.

As long as we have been blogging you must be close to 50 by now. Hell, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up at 20, and I went and did it, later I got lost.

Schools are ran by idiots anymore, like governments.

Suldog said...

Utterly ridiculous. We had no actual rehearsals for ours; just had seating assignments. So, we got up from our seats in that order and, amazingly enough, we were able to line up and receive our diplomas!

Yikes. You've got a whole bunch of mighty dense teachers down there, methinks.

Brian Miller said...

haha. i was reading another blog about a graduation where they publicly lectured the grads before the ceremony to be quiet, no cheering, no funny biz...which lasted about 30 minutes until one of the parents started and it was all over after that...ha.

snowelf said...

Oh great...by the time Snickers and Shorty graduate, they will require six to eight rehersals...

--snow

Moannie said...

It amuses me the amount of graduations that the average scholar
attends during her academic life in the USA. Some schools are trying the same rigmarole here but it 'aint catching on.

Now graduating from University I can relate to. Took me till 68 so it was a hooray moment for me.

Dave said...

Sounds crazy. Are the kids all unruly or don't the teachers have any confidence in themselves? - Dave

for a different kind of girl said...

Three? I'm almost speechless at the stupidity of it. I graduated with just over 60 kids, most if not all of whom I went to school with from kindergarten on, and I'm not even sure I remember rehearsing for the duration of one study hall just before we were released upon the world. I never grasped the need for rehearsing something like this, anyway. Heck, in college, you just show up, hand the announcer a slip of paper, and hope they don't fudge up your name too much. Nobody's there for the floor show!

(M)ary said...

I believe that is 2 more rehearsals than the royal wedding