Never Heard, Never Forgot
¡ª¡ªReview on The Commencement Speech You¡¯ll Never Hear Normally speaking, in order to leave the graduates a flawless impression of their college lives, probably 99 percent of the universities across the world, I assume, would pay great attention to the annual commencement ceremony. Usually they would invite some recognized scholars to deliver a superb speech, which presents some inspiring words so that the students would be highly motivated to throw themselves into society. However, it seems that Jacob Neusner is brave enough to enjoy the tiny 1% part. In his The Commencement Speech You¡¯ll Never Hear, Jacob argues that college prepares us a forgiving world that does not exist. As far as his understanding, whatever the professors say is all lies and whatever they do is all pretense, for what they care about is all about education, not popularity. Hence, after entering the outside world, the students are not supposed to act as self-centered as they have acted in the school. Personally speaking, I very much agree what Jacob believes. Universities are indeed the so-called ¡°Ivory Tower¡±, whose inside world is totally different from the outside. Education is wildly regarded as a kind of service, thus when you enter the college and receive education, you are actually being served there. It¡¯s the duty of the school faculty to make the greatest effort and provide their students with service as quantifiable and qualified as possible. Whatever the teachers do should be student-oriented instead of school-oriented, for the sake of education. Consequently, professors pretend their students are smart when they are actually dull, since they are responsible for encouraging students to keep on striving; professors listen as if to new and wonderful things when students are actually unimaginative and routine, since they are responsible for inspiring students to expand their idea bank; professors create a seemingly forgiving world, in which whatever...
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