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Old 06-12-2012, 12:42 PM
 
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I saw this article today on CNN and it made me think of this thread ...
Kid, you are not special - CNN.com
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:14 PM
 
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Being young enough to remember graduating high school I'll say that if you weren't popular in high school it pretty much sucked. Leaving that place is worth at least a small celebration.
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:15 PM
 
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I saw this article today on CNN and it made me think of this thread ...
Kid, you are not special - CNN.com
This is better

I Am Better Than Your Kids - Page 1
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:33 PM
 
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I saw this article today on CNN and it made me think of this thread ...
Kid, you are not special - CNN.com
That is awesome.

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Old 06-12-2012, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta, GA
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IMHO, I think it's great to see the subdivision recognize the HS and college kids for their accomplishments, especially considering how many kids that fall through the cracks. My subdivision does it on a yearly basis. That's one thing I don't mind my association dues being spent on. LOL


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Old 06-12-2012, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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I moved back to my old neighborhood to raise a family a few years ago and noticed this phenomenon as well. I do not remember anything like this when I was young (I graduated in '94) but don't really have a problem with it or see what the big deal is. If the community wants to recognize/encourage education at any level I think it can't be a bad thing. I am an extremely grumpy individual at times and even I think it's sort of a stretch to get annoyed by this.
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:01 PM
 
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I am in Buckhead and don't see the signs here. We recently drove OTP, where I saw them for the first time ever, and I thought it was wonderful. The kids may be embarrassed at surface level, but deep down, how nice to feel such support from your community. I loved it. I didn't even think about its being for the parents.
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:35 PM
 
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My comments are directed at the East Cobb signs that I see each day. If you are the first in your family to achieve a high school diploma that is certainly noteworthy and should be commended that you are trying to further your education beyond what has been your family's norm. I understand that and I would congratulate anyone in that situation. However, those graduating from an affluent community with all of the advantages int he World should not be commended and congratulated for doing what should be a minimum for them. Not achieving that level should be shamed rather than celebrating those that achieve that minimum. Don't set the bar that low because it breeds a false sense of accomplishment. Once you get out in the real world no one is going to congratulate you for meeting the bare minimum requirements. Time to toughen up America and get back the mentality of hard work that made this country great and not the 'everyone gets a trophy' mentality that is hurting our country today.

To me this is similar to the Sweet 16 parties that have become popular. They do nothing but breed entitlement and a sense of accomplishment that isn't deserved. You have not accomplished a damn thing and yet parents are spending thousands and thousands of dollars to celebrate a 16th birthday. That is absurd. (I've seen it twice with my wife's cousins and it is sickening.)

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Old 06-12-2012, 02:40 PM
 
Location: ATL by way of Los Angeles
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The kids may be embarrassed at surface level, but deep down, how nice to feel such support from your community. I loved it. I didn't even think about its being for the parents.
I doubt that the kids would be embarrassed by it. If anything, I think that a kid would be more embarrassed if he or she didn't make it onto the sign.

I'm only in my mid-30's, but times have changed from when I was growing up. When I played sports as a kid, the parents didn't have decals to put on their cars or signs to put in the yard. When I graduated from high school and college, parents didn't put up signs in our area. Nowadays, this is pretty common in suburbia. I'm all for it since it is not really hurting anyone in the long run.

On another note, my wife and I are both college graduates with decent careers. Therefore, if we choose to put our son on a sign it won't be because we haven't personally accomplished anything.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:34 PM
 
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Wow.
It's a neighborhood thing. We've lived in several places where we had a house, surrounded by other houses, but no connection to the people living in them. Not so in GA. This is just one of those things we celebrate as a community.
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