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If Only Paul Graham could come to Graduation… February 7, 2007

Posted by sdpurtill in Education, High School.

In 2005, Paul Graham wrote a speech to high school kids. He comments that he was never able to give the speech, but I wish he could come to my school and give it at my Graduation. To say that it is amazing would be an understatement. I got a kick out of one of the footnotes:

Your teachers are always telling you to behave like adults. I wonder if they’d like it if you did. You may be loud and disorganized, but you’re very docile compared to adults. If you actually started acting like adults, it would be just as if a bunch of adults had been transposed into your bodies. Imagine the reaction of an FBI agent or taxi driver or reporter to being told they had to ask permission to go the bathroom, and only one person could go at a time. To say nothing of the things you’re taught. If a bunch of actual adults suddenly found themselves trapped in high school, the first thing they’d do is form a union and renegotiate all the rules with the administration.

This speech will really change your life (if you’re in high school). And his essay on nerds and popularity is also a great read.


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