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I gave this speech on June 24, 1994 at Kodak’s Theater on the Ridge.
I’m not sure I could have given a different speech, though 20 years later, there are some things I wish I could add. I would add that the experiences we had were not the fault of individuals running our schools, but a broken system. I would add that I had some wonderful teachers; I didn’t score highly on my Regents and AP exams without their support. I would have said thank you to my parents.
My teenage self was talking about educational inequality, though there was much about it I had yet to learn. I knew something wasn’t right about my school. Watching so much human potential go unrealized remains a very painful memory.
What would 17-year-olds say today?
Links of the Day:
– Can Buffalo and New York state afford a new stadium for the Bills? Is it even worth talking about, with future ownership in limbo?
– Rochester’s port development is very complex – and expensive. RG&E is trying to figure out how and where to build a $2 million gas pipeline to the port.
– Was your utility bill super high this month? Join the club.
– New York-based Remington Arms is opening a factory. In Alabama.
– What role does marijuana play in road fatalities? Seems a lot more research is needed.