So the eldest gel starts seventh grade this morning.

In my particular neck of the woods, middle school lasts for two years, the seventh and eighth grades.  On the other hand, in my own yoot, Dwight David Eisenhower Junior High also encompassed sixth grade.  I understand from asking around that there is no clear consensus on whether sixth ought to be the first of the middle school or the last of the elementary years.

Personally, I think there’s much to be said for not starting middle school until seventh, primarily because it seems to me that it’s better for kids right on the cusp of adolescence to start easing into it in the relatively secure position of being at the top of the elementary food chain rayther than at the bottom of the more Hobbesian middle school one.