Randomly assigning prom dates; a successful tradition that develops ‘ANTI-snowflake’ kids

An Illinois high school has continued a tradition of teaching acceptance of others that’s been going on for nearly 100 years.

At Aquin High School in Freeport the student’s learn this lesson every year at prom time when they pick their prom dates, randomly, when junior and senior boys pick the name’s of their dates out of a hat, WTSP reported.

And it’s not forced upon the students. They vote to continue this tradition yearly.

“It doesn’t leave anybody out. Everybody’s welcome to join, and no one’s not going to have a date,” Korey Korosec, a senior, told WTSP. “No matter who you get, you know you’re going to have a good time.”

“You get what you get and you don’t get upset,” Naomi Schaefer Riley, a columnist for the New York Post said, quoting a book titled “Pinkalicious,” in writing about the tradition in an article published on Saturday.

She noted the tradition goes back to a time when school dances were used as tools to teach socialization to students.

The lottery gives kids the lesson that sometimes things in life don’t happen exactly the way you anticipate or want, Riley pointed out in the Post story.

The lottery system introduces an important element to the exercise, though. Much in life is outside of our control. For some, this means God works in mysterious ways. For others, life is a game of chance.

Kids should understand this best because so little of their situation in life is the result of their own actions. But they also have no idea how life will put them into contact with people who are nothing like them, people whom they will be forced to get along with even if they don’t like them at first (or ever).

It is in contrast to the everyone gets a trophy and has their feelings validated approach in many high schools and colleges today.

Obviously, for the most part, we want kids to feel like they are in control of their lives. We want them to feel that if they work hard and act kindly toward others they will achieve some measure of success and happiness. But too often we give them the impression that the control is total.

Sometimes success happens by accident or when you least expect it. We can only accept the outcomes with grace.

Many on social media, including Aquin High School students, support the idea.

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Carmine Sabia

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