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July 9, 2017
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Privilege & Chief Justice Roberts’ Commencement Speech

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts gave a speech at his ninth-grade son’s graduation, and it’s been receiving rave reviews across the land.

It really is a good speech, and you can watch it in the video embedded below, and you can read the transcript here.

But, ever since I heard about it last week, something has been bothering me. His son’s school is an exclusive one (its six week summer session alone costs $9,000) and, I suppose, many students whose families can afford that kind of money might need to hear this message:

I just wish some of the fawning media coverage of the speech made a mention of the fact the majority of students attending public schools in the United States live in poverty, and I think they need less unfairness and bad luck in their lives.

It would have been nice, too, I think, if Chief Justice Roberts has made at least a small allusion to that reality.

But maybe I’m over-reacting. Let me know what you think.

But I’m still not adding it to The Best Commencement Speeches.

May 15, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: President Obama’s Commencement Address At Rutgers

President Obama gave the commencement address at Rutgers today.

I don’t think it was as good as his last one at Howard University (see President Obama Provides Great Analysis Of Key Community Organizing Adage: Do You Want To Be Right, Or Effective?), though he did make some excellent points about beliefs, knowledge and evidence that would be useful in an IB Theory of Knowledge class.

I also liked this piece at the very end:

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Here’s the video (the transcript isn’t available yet):

I’m adding this to The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit”

Here’s a NY Times article about the speech.

May 11, 2015
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Video: “First Lady Michelle Obama Commencement Speech”

If you haven’t already heard Michelle Obama’s commencement speech at The Tuskegee Institute this past weekend, I’d suggest you make some time to watch/listen/read it.

Here’s the video, and you can read the transcript here.

I’m adding it to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

May 11, 2015
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It’s That Time Of Year – Here Are The Best Commencement Speeches (So Far)

The Commencement Speech time is nearly upon us again!

I’ve accumulated The Best Commencement Speeches, which you might want to check out.

And I’m sure I’ll be adding at least one or two more over the next month….

May 20, 2014
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More Great Commencement Speeches

'Commencement' photo (c) 2008, Kantlers - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Here are some new additions to The Best Commencement Speeches:

Charlie Day’s Commencement Speech Is the Only One You Need to Hear is from Slate.

What We Learned From The Best Commencement Speeches Ever is from NPR and includes a data base of 300 of them.

The Greatest Commencement Speech Ever is from The Washington Post.

May 15, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Commencement Speeches

'Occidental Commencement 2010' photo (c) 2010, Jason Bache - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

I’ve published a number of posts about notable commencement addresses, and thought I’d bring them altogether here.

I was prompted to do so by Vox’s great post today sharing their picks for The 21 greatest graduation speeches of the last 50 years.

Here are my posts (let me know what Vox and I are missing):

Animated Video: George Saunders’ Commencement Speech On “The Importance of Kindness”

Video: “George Saunders Commencement Speech 2013″

Video: Bill Clinton’s Commencement Speech Is Quite Good

Excellent Commencement Address On Failure By Atul Gawande

Quote Of The Day: “It’s Harder To Be Kind Than Clever”

Quote Of The Day: “The Satisfaction Of Teaching…”

Michelle Obama On “Grit”

President Obama On Perseverance

“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity”

“You’re Never Going To Keep Me Down”

How I’ll Use Part Of The President’s Kalamazoo Speech

And here’s a piece from The Washington Post: The funniest commencement speeches.

Charlie Day’s Commencement Speech Is the Only One You Need to Hear is from Slate.

What We Learned From The Best Commencement Speeches Ever is from NPR and includes a data base of 300 of them.

The Greatest Commencement Speech Ever is from The Washington Post.

Commencement Mashup: The Speech In Eight Easy Steps
is from NPR.

Anatomy Of A Great Commencement Speech is from NPR.

Commencement 2014 | Things to Read, Watch, Debate, Teach and Learn is from The New York Times Learning Network.

John Lewis: “You Must Find A Way To Get In Trouble”

The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever is from NPR.

President Obama Provides Great Analysis Of Key Community Organizing Adage: Do You Want To Be Right, Or Effective?

The Best Commencement Speeches of 2016 So Far

The best career advice you’ll never hear in a graduation speech

What Makes a Good Commencement Speech? Lessons From the Best Ones Ever is from NBC.

Atul Gawande On “A Mistrust Of Science”

Video: Best Eighth Grade Graduation Speech Ever!

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