Friday, June 08, 2012

""Yes, you've been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble-wrapped," McCullough said in his speech. “Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again. You've been nudged, cajoled, wheedled and implored. You've been feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie. ... But do not get the idea you're anything special. Because you're not."

 After having suffered for 2 hours of a High School graduation last week, I believe this is a stellar antidote. Couple of thoughts on the graduation I did attend:
 1. When did it become practice to run metal detectors and ban pocket knives and threaten me with arrest at these things?
 2. When did useless 'we are prepared for life now' drivel become the banner cliche of high school completion? 
3. When did it become proper to call a class that started as 450 freshmen and completed 220 graduates a success?


Sra. Madera said...

Wow, 220 of 245. That's almost as bad as mine in '79. 1500 freshman graduated 665. :( Not a great success for those who didn't make it but good for those who did. Get used to graduations, most are empty words filled with cliches and boring. As for the metal detectors, very interesting. They must be accustomed to having problems.

Gino said...

metal detectors at graduations are nothing when my ex-town has had them to enter the school grounds itself... every day for years.