“Ladies and gentlemen...This will be a short speech about education. Your education. Our education. The bottom line is that you must take responsibility for it.
“Many of you already know that you have to take charge of your hair and your clothes. Perhaps you know that all too well. You’re also figuring out that you have to take charge of your diet and exercise, of trying to look good and feel good. And you’re figuring out you have to make some tough choices about how you spend your time and whom you spend it with. But some of you may not have figured out theeducation part. One reason is that there tends to be an adversarial relationship between schools and students. The tendency is to resist what adults want, to say, don’t bother me with that serious stuff now. I’ll worry about that in a few years.
“My suggestion is to start worrying today. Now!
“The main thing you might not have figured out is that a lot of people don’t give a damn whether you become educated or not. Some of these people run the schools you go to. Some of you can’t read well, and I guarantee that is the fault of the school. Some of you can’t multiply and divide, and I guarantee that is the fault of the school. Some of you don’t...