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