Graduation decorum

Photo by Jim Noelker. Shamelessly stolen from the DDN.com gallery to illustrate a point. I think this is fair use, but if the legal people at DDN disagree, tell me and we'll figure it out. In the meantime, enjoy the traffic I'm pushing your way.

Photo by Jim Noelker. Shamelessly stolen from the DDN.com gallery to illustrate a point. I think this is fair use, but if the legal people at DDN disagree, tell me and we'll figure it out. In the meantime, enjoy the traffic I'm pushing your way.

My daughter graduated from high school this year. The school sent home a “contract” we both had to sign whereby we promised to “behave” ourselves by treating the ceremony with respect and dignity. Then, over the course of the week, they called our house three times, reminding us of our pledge to behave. My daughter tells me that the school wasted no opportunity to remind the students that they also gave their word.

At the ceremony, we were reminded of the dignity of the event and were at times repremanded when some parents forgot.

Then, the Dayton Daily News publishes this photo in the Sunday paper. Very large, very proud.

It is a good photo, but is a metaphor for how the school systems undermine parental authority, how society undermines school authority and how the newspaper just undermines everyone because the photo is “really cool” and captured the spirit of the event.

Bravo, Dayton Daily News. You have succeeded in undermining everyone and showing our kids what is really important in getting ahead. We wonder why our kids don’t listen to our advice about being honest, playing fair, etc. The “real rules” are:

– Make it all about you
– Make it more about you
– Make it entirely, irrevocably about you.

PS. I like the photo, just disappointed in how it was used.

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2 Responses to Graduation decorum

  1. Norcross says:

    I was actually in the paper for my senior HS graduation. Only, it was because I had fallen asleep (kinda hung over) and slept for 3 hours while they figured out how to herd the 525 kids in my graduating class.

  2. Rufus says:

    Oh, you wacky kids! My graduating class had 85 people in it and we were kept awake by the nuns with wooden rulers and the fear of eternal damnation 🙂 http://www.stagnes.net/

    I’m not even going to tell you the year I graduated, but the Cold War was still in full force.