"Offensive" Graduation Speech?

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    This valedictorian, headed to the Ivy League, was barred from speaking because school officials found this speech "offensive". What say you?
     
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    I say the school officials are wrong....

    When did kids calling on other kids to seek justice become "offensive"?
     
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    Typical of our public schools

    God forbid a student actually learns to think for himself.
     
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    Truth is offensive.

    That's why there's so little of it.
     
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    My guess is that school officials don't want the public to hear that there are bad kids and bad people in the world. Not in their protected environment. It's all morally relative.

    At my son's graduation, the valedictorian also gave a controversial speech. (coincidentally she's at U Penn now too). She used a quote from MLK " If you are called to be a street sweeper, sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.' She then pointed out that statistically many of them would end up as fast food workers, single moms, alcoholics, battered wives, etc. They were NOT all going to end up millionaires.

    People were shocked. But it was memorable and provoked discussion for a long time. That's what she wanted. I think it was great.
     
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    Even if the speech actually were offensive, should we take free speech rights away from the valedictorian? That sort of thing makes adults seem unfair as hell to kids, and rightly so.
     
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    From the school's point of view; the valedictorian is not speaking for him or herself; they are speaking on behalf of the entire graduating class. Truly offensive speech would go against the mission of the school and could be hurtful. That stuff best be left for facebook. :cool:

    However... I don't think this speech was even controversial; let alone "offensive". I have a feeling it was personal. This young lady may be the Sarah Palin of the Class of 2010. :lol:
     
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    You can't be saying things that are true in public any more. It's just not heard of. What was this student thinking? Didn't she know, or didn't somebody tell her that the truth would be hurtful to other peoples ears? Shame on her. I'll be willing to wager if she prepared the same speech but somehow belittled conservative minded students with it that it would have been well received and approved by the school.
     
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    I wasn't thinking of sexual speech. I was casting my mind back to anti-war speeches given by valedictorians when I was young. And BTW, I kinda sorta thought her speech was liberal in POV. Why did you think it was conservative?
     
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    I believe that "god forbid people to think for themselves" is the motto of the the conservative christian in America today
     

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