Same thing here in Atlanta. I think it's a matter of most of the population for the last few decades not being taught the difference between athletic event behavior and other types of events. A few years ago our drama teacher offered an
auditorium ettiquette lecture at one of our assemblies. She explained the difference between quiet respectful behavior at events such as theatrical performances, graduations, etc. Sort of worked for a while, but until enough people speak out and object and the administration seriously addresses the problem, it won't change.
We had a storyteller who came to our school several years ago, whe refused to perform because of the rude loud behavior from students in the auditorium. It was very embarassing. His theory was that since schools started building gymnasiums as the main building for gatherings, instead of auditoriums, somehow our culture has forgotten how to behave in a more civilized setting. I think it will take a lot of planning and work to get the message across. We're a competitive sports culture that has spilled over into other events.
>From: croberts <email@example.com>
>Sent: Jun 10, 2006 6:38 PM
>To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: [teacherartexchange] Graduation ceremony
>I went to my grandson's high school graduation last night and it was
>absolute bedlam during 90% of the ceremony. It was NOT a pleasant
>experience. You could not hear anything at all for all the hollering being
>done by the people in the audience. We did not even know the speakers on
>the stage were saying the pledge until we looked at the program. The
>graduating seniors were quiet...but several of them danced across the stage
>after receiving their diplomas. When my granddaughter graduated from the
>same high school five years ago, it was the same.
>I retired last year from teaching high school...and I can say that our
>graduation ceremony was one held with dignity, respect, and with honor for
>the students graduating. At the beginning of the ceremony, the principal
>asked everyone to be respectful and that anyone hollering out would be
>removed by the police. I think a few years ago, someone did have to be
>escorted out...but not since.
>I'm curious as to how the ceremonies are in some of your high schools.
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