Visit any elementary school near the end of the academic year, and you’ll hear parents lamenting the transition to middle school.
“I’m so nervous for her!”
“We just don’t know what to expect.”
“I hated middle school.”
“Poor thing, he’s got such an awkward couple of years ahead.”
“I’m dreading the bad attitude!”
“I’m dreading the bad influences!”
“I’m dreading it all.”
And so on.
Middle school gets a bad rap. Even the name implies that it’s a no-man’s-land, stuck in the middle between cute elementary school and important high school. Historically, this has been the case. You probably remember going to junior high, not middle school. In the mid-1960s middle schools slowly began replacing junior high schools ...