“You’re Still Here? It’s Over, Go Home. Go.”

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Ferris Would Never Return.  Never.

The school year is officially over.

Graduation has come and gone.

Seniors have waited their whole lives for this moment.

After 13 long years (long for them, longer for me), they are free.

Free at last!

Thank God, they are free at last! (and thank you, Rev. Martin Luther King).

They are no longer required to attend school.

They are no longer required to roll out of bed 7 minutes before 1st hour begins.

They are no longer required to see their teachers and administrators.

And yet, just when they have their first taste of sweet sweet freedom they get confused.

They forget all of the bad experiences that plagued them during their school years.

The homework.

The discipline.

The rules.


Dissecting frogs.

The angry over-medicated administrators.

All of the things they hate are quickly forgotten.

Then they do something crazy.

Something unspeakable.

Something so disgusting, I can hardly type out the morbid details.

They do the one thing the swore they would never do.

They show up at school (often quite early).

Just when they think they’re out, they drag themselves back in.

It’s weird, but it happens every year.

Like clockwork.

Their Senior year is over.  They’ve graduated.  They are finished.

And then they return.

It’s odd.

Thank you Ferris Bueller.   Not only for supplying the title of yet another blog, but for one of the 5 greatest movies of all-time.

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4 Responses to ““You’re Still Here? It’s Over, Go Home. Go.””

  1. Jim
    on May 29th, 2010
    @ 6:08 pm

    I’ve seen the same phenomenon with “graduated” 8th graders (calling the promotion from 8th to 9th grade “graduation” is a pet peeve of mine, but not a topic for this space): the first day the high schools dismiss early/have teacher training days that the middle school doesn’t, back they come. And typically not the students we were sad to see leave. The ones that come back are the ones who seemed like they despised every minute they spent on our campus as 6th-8th graders.
    My theory is that, as much as they disliked (or thought they disliked) their middle school experience, they’re afraid of the unknown that waits beyond, and they want a taste of the simpler times. Most manage to come back only 1 or 2 times, then return around the time they’re graduating from high school, after they’ve become humans again. The ones I feel sorry for are the ones who come back all the time- they didn’t fit in during middle school, and still don’t fit in during high school.

  2. Unklar
    on May 29th, 2010
    @ 6:17 pm

    Do you think they have any idea how glad we are that some of them are finally gone? I have a whole two-year collection of letters from one student who persisted in giving me tips on how to be a better teacher. Probably has no clue how happy I am that he is out the door and on his way.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Unklar, I’m not familiar with this idea of being happy when certain students graduate. :)

  3. Olwyn Hughes
    on May 29th, 2010
    @ 6:28 pm

    We have the same phenomenon with our new 8th graders. The “graduate” from elementary school in 7th grade here. They show up most of first term on Friday afternoons when they have early dismissal. They are almost always the students that you thought (and hoped) you had finally seen the last of. It is as inevitable as the sun rising each morning.

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