Five Year-Old Weighs Options After Graduating Kindergarten Amid Pressure To Attend First Grade
Little Johnny Osborne has lived all of his life waiting for this moment. Today he graduates from kindergarten. As he sits with his classmates who are eating crayons and crawling under chairs, all bedecked with their caps and gowns, he considers life after this great achievement.
His parents want him to continue his education, having already taken him to meet some first grade teachers. But Johnny has other plans. “I’ve already spent a great deal of my life in school. The diploma I receive today will declare that I know as much or more than most kids my age. While elementary school may be right for others, I don’t know if it is the best path for me.”
Johnny’s mom, Ashley wipes a tear from her eye as Johnny walks in a wiggly line of post-toddlers to receive his diploma. “It seems like just yesterday he was learning his numbers and colors, and I remember him being in preschool like it was just last year.” She composes herself and with a serious look continues, “We believe in Johnny. We really do. And this great milestone of finishing kindergarten is nothing to be sneezed at. When we were kids, we didn’t get all the pomp and circumstance that goes with this. Our parents came and picked us up from our class after a cupcake party. But now graduating kindergarten is getting the appreciation it deserves.”
After the graduation, there is the party. Among the Go-gurt and airhead rice krispy treats Johnny will find large sums of money, a laptop, and even some job offers. Of course, the decision will bereft up to the mature tyke. As his father Philip says, “We are not helicopter parents. We let Johnny do what he wants. Of course we have seen the statistics. An overwhelming majority of children his age go on to first grade. We want him to do that. But at the same time, we don’t want to crush his dreams. If he wants to go straight into the medical field, who are we to tell him he can’t. After all… he has graduated from kindergarten. And that is no small feat.”
Johnny says he appreciates the advice of his parents, but for right now, “I am just looking to get my lemonade stand going, and maybe down the road I will go back to school to get some more business education.”