Friday, March 20, 2009
Do 8th graders really need a graduation ceremony?
Following up on a report in The Californian, Scott Cox over at KERN 1180 talk radio is reporting that the Panama Buena Vista School District has canceled the traditional junior high graduations to save money. Cox is outraged (of course radio hosts are always outraged) as are some moms calling into his morning show. Yet it raises an important question: have we put too much emphasis on kids reaching a level of achievement that - let's be honest here - should be expected? All the limos and hoopla over eighth grade? Shouldn't parents in a county with one of the nation's highest high school dropout rates and lowest college graduation rates demand more? What do you think?