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I know there's a HUGE difference between 5th grade and high school, but when I see some of these high school students who are fighting against school prayer or trying to establish a Secular Student Alliance interviewed on television, I say to myself, "Wow!! These kids sound so adult." I'm really quite impressed with their maturity and coherent understanding of issues. When I think back when I was in high school, I can't help but laugh at what a buffoon and clown I was. I think kids, overall these days, are more mature at younger ages. Yeah, they sure grow up fast, for good or bad.
Dallas, I don't care if you rain on this parade, just as long as it's raining men. Hallelujah!
Yes, a commendable effort. I'm not trying to rain on his parade. As far as him struggling through the speech, that's not what I'm talking about. Even if all the words were his own, we could hardly expect him to have it memorized. However, I'm just talking about the sentence structure and word choice. It seemed a bit mature for his age. I also bring that up because if it turned out his mom wrote the speech for him, well that may look manipulative. Hopefully that is not the case. Again, not trying to tear him down. Just an observation. Who knows, maybe he's just a really bright 5th grader.
I really think this boy and his speech are genuine. He mentions that his mother is very open in discussing this topic. Perhaps he's just repeating his mom's "talking points" but, in my opinion, his words don't sound forced or too adult. As far as him stumbling while reading, I do the same thing and I'm 47. I give him the benefit of the doubt.
It is the way he made mistakes, like he was unsure of what certain words were. I am still proud of him and shared this on facebook.
Skepticism is always important.
I remember my science fair project in grade school, my dad was so enthusiastic that he basically did the whole thing. It got 1st prize, if I remember correctly. So the second time around I was stubborn and disobedient, and did it entirely myself. I got 3rd prize but was much much prouder. For what it's worth, If I read aloud something I write, I will make mistakes - social nervousness.
Im also very proud of him, regardless. And of his mom.
He also had problems reading it in places
Nice, but I honestly do not think he wrote that speech. It is way too well-crafted for a boy his age, in my opinion. I could certainly be wrong, as I'm never around kids, but it seems too adult in style and content to be written soley by a kid.
Actually, he's not my son and I STILL feel very proud!! LOL
What a great speech! What an adorable boy! I'd be very proud if he were my son.
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