On June 11, 2018, 11 students and parents crashed the Washoe County School Board Meeting to make them listen to several chapters of We're Doing It Wrong. Amazing!
This is the compelling commencement speech given by teacher, Patrick Griffin, to the graduates of Southridge High School in Beaverton, Oregon 6/10/18.
Most Beloved Class of 2018!
The world is a rather interesting place right now, isn’t it? From Syria to Korea; from racism to sexism; from pollution of the earth to pollution of the mind; from refugees to xenophobia; throw in fake news and politicians today and, well, welcome to the real world.
You all are so not ready. What you are going to have to fight has plagued humanity for so long that it is all but impossible to not see it as part of human nature. Even if you could, somehow, in a fit of enlightenment, make yourself ready to challenge those established orders, you are just one person; what could you even do?
At least, that is what you will all hear, from yourself and others, in those moments when you look at the lake’s surface and see both your reflection and the depths beyond; when you question your own response to the grief and think that, perhaps, you should just focus on your own short and rare gift of life.
So, you are not ready.
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