Term Paper Title: The Speech The Graduates Didnít Hear
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The Speech the Graduates Didnít Hear
The article "The Speech the Graduates Didn't Hear," by Jacob Neusner is about a
professor who uncovered the lies at Brown University. First the author tells us how
students at Brown were taught how giving up was easy, but failure tells who you are
in life. The author then tells us how the professors pretended to care for the students at
Brown and how the professors gave students good grades because they did not care
about the students. The author councludes the article by stating his thesis. That the
students at Brown graduated uneducated and unprepared for life in the real world.
After reading Neusner's article, "The Speech That Graduates Didn't Hear," I recall a
couple of family members who graduated from High School, wrongly educated and and
unprepared to faced life in the real world. high school, wrongly educated, and were
out in the real world. And these examples will help prove my thesis.
My first example of how the school systems don't care for its students is my
Uncle Andrew. He was rushed through High School. According to the article,
Neusner states, "We have prepared you for a world that does not exist, indeed, that
cannot exist." When he finished school and entered the real world,
he barely knew how to read. Because of that, he never found a good job. He often
struggled just to make ends meet. At one point, he was forced to live in his car. Tired
of the way he was living, he decided to enroll in college. After going through some really
tough times learning and hard work, he graduated from college with a degree in
accounting. He is now working at Bank 1 in New Orleans. The school system didn't care
about Andrew, but he faced adversity and prevailed.
My second example of how school systems don't care for its students is my
cousin Jamal. He was a student at John Mc Donough Senior High School. He was on
the Basketball team. Jamal was a very good player, often scoring 40 points a game.
Everything was good except his education. He was often failing tests, not doing any
homework, but because he was the star player on the school basketball team, the
teachers kept passing him. According to the article, Neusner states,"You have spent
four years supposing that failure leaves no record." Jamal thought that if the teachers
kept passing him, he would soon make graduate high schoool, and attend college on a
basketball scholarship. But after making out of high school and being picked up by the
University of Conneticutt (UCONN) on a basketball scholarship, he soon found himself
in serious trouble.
Education was a must at UCONN, and he had little to none. Thinking the
coaches would help get him through college if he continued to play, he did not worry
about his lack of education. Soon he was averaging 42 points a game, and UCONN
had a 12-0 winning streak. But the coaches pulled him aside and told him that he would
have to pick up his grades because they could not pull anymore strings. Knowing he was
in trouble, he tried to bribe the coaches. He refused to play unless the coaches get the
professors to give him at least a "C" in all of his courses. The coaches had enough with
his behavior and lack of education. UCONN is known for its educational prog...
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