Tomorrow, my school celebrates another class of graduates graduating from 8th grade. I’ve seen 5 iterations of this celebration, tomorrow being my 6th as a teacher. Each time, I always feel like the students who go actually wanted to go and generally earned the privilege, and the students who don’t go often didn’t merit such a celebration at the moment (with few exceptions, of course). With the usual buzz the adults have created around the graduation, one would assume that the kids are equally as enthusiastic.
I don’t know where that lack of energy comes from, but the malaise is palpable with some of my students. Proms and other events have gotten the same treatment this year, and I don’t know where that stems from. I hope by tomorrow, the only clouds I see are in the sky, and not in my graduating students’ eyes.