Basic Writing 3
Rethinking of the graduation inflation
The current society witnesses the prosperity of various kinds of ceremonies and graduations. It seems that the end of every stage, every moment, and every period needs a ceremony to declare that it is finished! Considering that weird phenomena, the regular essayist for Time Magazine Amy Dickinson wrote an essay “Graduation Inflation” to present her views on this peculiar social issue in current society. Probing into the article of Dickinson, I agree with her idea of the problems the number of “graduations” and awards children experience today and supports her criticisms on the “graduation inflation” with evidences.
In the last few decades, graduations are of significance for the high school students, college students, and their parents. For the high school students, the graduation declares their maturity in physiology and the beginning of new life in campus; while for the college students, it means the end of student life and the starting of the social life. In other words, the two graduations are both meaningful, given their happening in special moments of the whole life. However, the current graduation stretches to a large extent. Nowadays, the graduation is no longer “the ceremony of conferring degree or diplomas” (Dictionary.com, n.p.). Just as Dickinson said, life is “crowded with rituals as kids finish up Tumble Tots, nursery school, kindergarten, third grade, middle school, piano class, Sunday school and the soccer season.” (Dickinson, para. 4) At present, there exist too many graduations of no meaning or less meaning. For example, it is extremely ridiculous for the kindergarten to hole the graduation at all, for the graduates are all children in 4-5 years old who cannot even understand what day is it today, let alone the meaning of graduation.
In fact, the most moved or happy persons in the graduation are the parents and teacher, but not students, especially for the graduations in low grade when students are too young to understand and enjoy that grand ceremony. Under such circumstances, graduation is of formalism, with no meaning for the real graduates. Therefore, only those adults who hold the gradation immerse themselves in the affect they create. What is more, at present, most of the graduations seem to be the grand parties. In the parties, students play crazy, drink mad and burst into tears; while their parents and teachers talk happily, videotape frequently and meet purposely. In brief, the traditional graduation which is full of academic atmosphere is replaced by the festivals only for happiness, losing its holiness and significance.
The second problem caused by the prosperity of various graduations is the indifference of students. According to Amy Dickinson, the graduation inflation is another kind of achievement inflation. Probing into the original purposes of the graduations, it is believed that these kinds of ceremonies are held for...