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Question of the Day: Kindergarten Graduations?

Are kindergarten graduations a good thing or do they simply reward kids for accomplishing almost nothing?

Has anyone ever failed kindergarten? Maybe so, but odds are that most kids make it through.

So why do some schools stage kindergarten graduations with diplomas and cap and gowns?  

Have 6-year-olds really accomplished anything in their first of many years of education much of which is spent simply having fun.

Some say kindergarten graduations are counter-productive because they diminish the sense of accomplishment of high school and college graduations.

Others say kindergarten graduations are harmless and set young kids on a good educational path in a fun way.

Do the graduations do more harm than good or should they continue?

Rich Jacques (Editor) June 03, 2011 at 05:00 PM
So what's your opinion on kindergarten graduations? We'd like to know.
JSC June 03, 2011 at 07:45 PM
I always felt graduations should be reserved for moving from one building to another, to make it sound simple. For instance, children generally "graduate" from PreK and move into the public schools (or other) for K-12. I don't believe it's necessary for a Kindergarten graduation unless that grade level is in a separate building from the other grades, some might like to have a little ceremony. My kids went to a K-6 school and didn't have a graduation until 6th grade - moving up to the junior high. They didn't have a real graduation from 8th grade, but there were award ceremonies. And then of course there is the REAL graduation from high school that everyone has. Sometimes I feel like parents push for these ceremonies unneccesarily. Kids grow up too fast as it is. Is it really necessary to have yearbooks for all these fake graduations? Is it really necessary to have elementary school dances and prom type dress-up for some of these ceremonies? Limos? It happens for sure, but all it does is make the REAL graduation after 12th grade seem less important. It's like the "everyone wins" mentality with trophies going to every child whether they "won" or not. Didn't mean to go off on a tangent, but my point is that we push our kids to grow up too fast and then wonder where their CHILDHOOD disappeared to. Moving from grade to grade is an expectation of all, graduation ceremonies become meaningless when there are too many of them.
Kyle June 03, 2011 at 08:17 PM
Absolutely silly and ridiculous for parents to have to take time off from work to attend these fabricated pomp and circumstance occasions. Children aren't even required to attend kindergarten, so what are they "graduating" from?
Sparkina September 08, 2011 at 10:51 AM
@Kyle -- they are graduating from being a "baby" to being a "big kid," which is a pretty big deal when you're five or six.

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