posted on Jun, 6 2013 @ 09:20 AM
Originally posted by CIAGypsy
reply to post by tovenar
With all due respect, your post was just absurd to the extreme. No one is saying or suggesting that people should be allowed to do whatever they want
or flaunt the law (in the case of wearing ass-less chaps). But you also don't need the extreme in the other direction and have such rigidity
that you don't work with people who have extenuating circumstances. I mean COME ON....if my kid had been the one in the hospital and the principal
refused to allow my kid to graduate because they had been in the hospital during the rehearsal, I'd have been raging pi$$ed. As I already said, this
is a very important psychological moment for these kids....and to deny them that moment because you want a power trip and refuse to use common sense,
well...you deserve to be taken to the woodshed.
On the other hand, a graduation ceremony was originally honoring a group
of people that had achieved something together.
to go to a rehearsal; everybody has other things to do. I'm sure you're kid was not the only one with obligations that day.
Honestly, did she even talk with the potential employer about the scheduling conflict. As an employer myself, I'd be tickled with a prospect who
needed to reschedule an interview because they were receiving an academic honor. I cannot imagine any employer feeling otherwise. But even if this
boss did.... seriously, how many times will she graduate from High School, versus how many times will she apply for a job over the course of her
In the old days, community was an American value; a group of graduates, saw themselves as a community who had achieved something together. All the
graduation dress was .... "uniform" as a way of expressing that community. Insistence in displaying individuality shows how we have thrown away
community as a value, and replaced it with mass consumer culture, where the emphasis is on ME
and how my case is unique. My heritage, My
awards, My honors. And so the insistence on a personal emblem, whether religious symbol or fraternity logo, is bringing up what OTHER community I
value besides the one I'm participating in, right now.
At this point, community and group achievement has no value; and it's all about the individual who earned a diploma as a hallmark of PERSONAL
As that point, we can forget about pretending to be a community. Just email a pdf of the diploma that kids can post on their facebook page.