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 programs, and


agreed to do something about this problem. The Dean gave Jamal a 30 day probation for


him to get his grades together. Thinking that The Dean was bluffing, Jamal continued to


ignore the problem. scholarship, he continued to ignore the problem. Soon his scholarship


was taken and he was kicked from UCONN. He soon realized how important education


was, so Jamal pleeded with the Dean to let him back into UCONN. He promised to work


hard, and make them proud, but UCONN\'s decision was final. He soon tried diffrent


colleges with basketball teams, but none wanted him because of the reputation he earned


at UCONN...that education was a joke. Jamal payed the ultimate price. He lost his


scholarship, he had no education, and he earned a bad reputation. Angry at himself