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« Reply #1120 on: June 14, 2018, 11:14:57 AM »
Yesterday was my daughter's middle school graduation ceremony (or, as they call it, "promotion").

Since I don't know why they use "promotion" instead of "graduation," I'm not sure if I find it irritating, but what I do find irritating is when 366 kids have to walk and have their names announced and the principal asks that folks hold their applause until everyone has been announced but 75% of the kids get huge whoops and shouts.  Most of the time I say "whatever," but occasionally, some group keeps it up long enough that it becomes difficult to hear the next kid's name (which I assume sucks for that next kid's family).

The other thing I found odd (but not rising to the level of irritating) is how many folks made a HUGE deal out of a middle school graduation in terms of massive bunches of balloons and flowers and money necklaces and what-not.  I was talking with one of my daughter's friend's mother, and she was saying, "I feel like the 'bad mom' for not having any flowers or anything."  I said we didn't get anything for our daughter either (and hadn't gotten anything for our son two years earlier) because it's just middle school, and 90+% of the kids will be attending the same high school next year (in the district where we live, six elementary schools feed into two middle schools, which feed into one high school).  It's nice to have a ceremony, but it really doesn't seem like that big of a deal.

In our district, the mascots for the two middle schools are Lions and Eagles, and the high school mascot is Griffins.  I don't know why, but I think that's vaguely clever.
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Re: Things that I find mildly irritating v.2
« Reply #1121 on: June 14, 2018, 02:23:10 PM »


Since I don't know why they use "promotion" instead of "graduation," I'm not sure if I find it irritating, but what I do find irritating is when 366 kids have to walk and have their names announced and the principal asks that folks hold their applause until everyone has been announced but 75% of the kids get huge whoops and shouts.  Most of the time I say "whatever," but occasionally, some group keeps it up long enough that it becomes difficult to hear the next kid's name (which I assume sucks for that next kid's family).

First, congratulations to your daughter.  In my day, last day of school, the homeroom teacher handed out certificates to that class.  The way it should be.

Second, I'M WITH YOU.  Holy cow; it's not actually mildly irritating; it drives me BATSHIT CRAZY that so many people are "fuck the rules" like that.  I think it's so disrespectful and rude.  I've actually talked to my daughter about it and told her that out of respect for HER, and so that we don't embarrass HER we're not going to do that, but to not for a second think that we don't love her and aren't proud of her accomplishments.   

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Re: Things that I find mildly irritating v.2
« Reply #1122 on: June 14, 2018, 02:39:08 PM »
The whole graduation thing is just irritating.  I didn't even want to attend my own graduation.  Sitting through all the names is just painful for everyone. 

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« Reply #1123 on: June 14, 2018, 04:03:48 PM »


Since I don't know why they use "promotion" instead of "graduation," I'm not sure if I find it irritating, but what I do find irritating is when 366 kids have to walk and have their names announced and the principal asks that folks hold their applause until everyone has been announced but 75% of the kids get huge whoops and shouts.  Most of the time I say "whatever," but occasionally, some group keeps it up long enough that it becomes difficult to hear the next kid's name (which I assume sucks for that next kid's family).

First, congratulations to your daughter.  In my day, last day of school, the homeroom teacher handed out certificates to that class.  The way it should be.

Second, I'M WITH YOU.  Holy cow; it's not actually mildly irritating; it drives me BATSHIT CRAZY that so many people are "fuck the rules" like that.  I think it's so disrespectful and rude.  I've actually talked to my daughter about it and told her that out of respect for HER, and so that we don't embarrass HER we're not going to do that, but to not for a second think that we don't love her and aren't proud of her accomplishments.   

Thanks!  Fortunately, my daughter uber secure in who she is so as not to worry about being part of the 25% who doesn't have someone screaming like an imbecile for her.  She's a seriously awesome person.  She also knows that mom and I follow the rules.

When I "graduated" from 8th grade (Roman Catholic school in 1981), our graduation ceremony was held in the church and was part of a mass, so there certainly was no whooping, but we did get our "diplomas" at the ceremony (I think I still have mine somewhere).  They didn't hand out the "diplomas" yesterday, and the principal made a point of saying that today was still a school day (albeit a half day) and that the kids needed to show up to receive the "diplomas."

By the way, this whole thing is the same mindset that causes Slayer fans to rip cushions off the seats and throw them around the arena and justify it by saying, "we were just having fun."


The whole graduation thing is just irritating.  I didn't even want to attend my own graduation.  Sitting through all the names is just painful for everyone. 

Ehh...I'm on the fence about it, but it'll be a bigger deal with high school graduation comes around (that'll be about 700 kids and will take place at the StubHub Center, which is where the Chargers are playing their home games while the new stadium is being built, so I'm REALLY not looking forward to that).
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Re: Things that I find mildly irritating v.2
« Reply #1124 on: June 15, 2018, 07:34:59 AM »
The whole graduation thing is just irritating.  I didn't even want to attend my own graduation.  Sitting through all the names is just painful for everyone. 

Ehh...I'm on the fence about it, but it'll be a bigger deal with high school graduation comes around (that'll be about 700 kids and will take place at the StubHub Center, which is where the Chargers are playing their home games while the new stadium is being built, so I'm REALLY not looking forward to that).

Certainly wasn't saying not to have them at all, just personally I found them boring and a bit too much.  However, the location and speeches can be interesting.  My high school graduation was at the PNC Bank Arts Center which is a big amphitheater that I frequent for many concerts including seeing Iron Maiden and Dream Theater there so I always find that cool, although the actual graduation itself was boring.

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Re: Things that I find mildly irritating v.2
« Reply #1125 on: June 15, 2018, 08:03:16 AM »
I find it annoying that schools feel the need to have graduation ceremonies for any grade other than actually graduating high school. Heck, graduating high school isn't really that big of an accomplishment much less kindergarten, 5th grade, 8th grade, etc.

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« Reply #1126 on: June 15, 2018, 08:27:00 AM »
I find it annoying that schools feel the need to have graduation ceremonies for any grade other than actually graduating high school. Heck, graduating high school isn't really that big of an accomplishment much less kindergarten, 5th grade, 8th grade, etc.

I agree 100%.

High school was a joke. I slept or daydreamed through most of the classes and they handed me a piece of paper saying that I was present. High school felt more like daycare for teenagers and I couldn't wait to get free from it. Everyone was patting me on the back and all I could think about the whole time was "I didn't earn anything" and "I don't deserve this praise". Even most of college was joke.

What has happened to actual rights of passage? Working hard, overcoming adversity and earning what you have. It takes pressure to makes diamonds. I probably will never have a kid, but if I ever did, then these are the values I would instill in them. I have no desire to worship or put my child on a pedestal. I will prepare them for the harsh realities of this life and how to be an independent adult. Self esteem means nothing if there isn't anything to back it up.
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Re: Things that I find mildly irritating v.2
« Reply #1127 on: June 15, 2018, 09:53:05 AM »
I find it annoying that schools feel the need to have graduation ceremonies for any grade other than actually graduating high school. Heck, graduating high school isn't really that big of an accomplishment much less kindergarten, 5th grade, 8th grade, etc.

I agree 100%.

High school was a joke. I slept or daydreamed through most of the classes and they handed me a piece of paper saying that I was present. High school felt more like daycare for teenagers and I couldn't wait to get free from it. Everyone was patting me on the back and all I could think about the whole time was "I didn't earn anything" and "I don't deserve this praise". Even most of college was joke.

What has happened to actual rights of passage? Working hard, overcoming adversity and earning what you have. It takes pressure to makes diamonds. I probably will never have a kid, but if I ever did, then these are the values I would instill in them. I have no desire to worship or put my child on a pedestal. I will prepare them for the harsh realities of this life and how to be an independent adult. Self esteem means nothing if there isn't anything to back it up.

Not to be an ass or anything, but if you treated high school (and college) like a joke, it's not really surprising that you feel that way.  Surely you can understand that it's very different for folks who take their education seriously, can't you?

I'm not sure what you mean when you refer to "actual rites of passage" and then refer to "working hard, overcoming adversity and earning what you have."  Just because you didn't work hard or overcome adversity to get through high school or college doesn't mean others didn't do so.  And graduating high school is very much a "rite of passage."
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Re: Things that I find mildly irritating v.2
« Reply #1128 on: June 15, 2018, 10:19:15 AM »
Can you imagine some alien race comes to a large nebula they've never seen before, and it just turns out it's the Federation's dumping ground for space-smile?
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Re: Things that I find mildly irritating v.2
« Reply #1129 on: June 15, 2018, 06:53:57 PM »
Anyone have an employer who is pushing mindfulness and meditation to counter stress at work?  Don't get me wrong here, I think stress reduction and relaxation techniques can be very beneficial for long term health, but it is really starting to irk me that my boss/company is pushing this practice on staff.  I get that some people like it and that's fine.  But for me, it just makes me less productive and amotivated.  Like taking a nap would.

If our bosses want stress reduction and improved productivity I would think exercise would be much more effective.  But really, maybe they should just let us do our jobs and leave us the fuck alone if we are doing it well. 

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« Reply #1130 on: June 15, 2018, 09:39:42 PM »
But really, maybe they should just let us do our jobs and leave us the fuck alone if we are doing it well.

Big fan of that approach. 

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« Reply #1131 on: June 16, 2018, 08:04:04 AM »
I generally agree as well, although I am a big fan of naps. I only live 10-12 minutes from work and occasionally I will go home for lunch and take a 20-30 minute power nap.  I always feel more awake after that, but then again, I suffer from apnea, so any sleep is a good thing, even if it is just a quick nap.

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« Reply #1132 on: June 16, 2018, 08:12:56 PM »
But really, maybe they should just let us do our jobs and leave us the fuck alone if we are doing it well.

Big fan of that approach.

Absolutely.