Today I sat and listened to graduation speeches. I listened to girls, first and second in a class of over 500 students practice the speeches they will give to their classmates on the football field a few months from now. It is an honor and a privilege to speak at graduation, one that these girls earned by taking the hardest classes and still managing to get the best grades.
So why is it that both girls took their carefully worded speeches, and swallowed the back half of every sentence? Why did they drop their eyes and their voices at the exact moment they had the most powerful thing to say? Surely they knew they were doing this. We are talking about the two smartest girls in the school.
When they left the AP history teacher who is also on the judging panel remarked to me that he has a brilliant…
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