“To my counselor: Thank you for teaching me to fend for myself,”

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  1. Swirlz

    Swirlz Well-Known Member

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    Valedictorian Unleashes Searing Rebuke Of High School Staff In Speech | HuffPost

    A San Diego high school valedictorian began her graduation speech as most do ― by thanking her parents and role models. Then she unleashed a firestorm of criticism against her guidance counselor, main office staff and a teacher she accused of being drunk on the job.

    Nataly Buhr, a San Ysidro High School senior, elicited a roar of shouts and applause from her peers in the crowd during the June 6 commencement ceremony when she called out “the teacher who was regularly intoxicated during class this year.”
     
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  2. JDG

    JDG Websleuther

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    I'll never forget the old bat who was my guidance counsellor. We had never met, she'd never set eyes on me but she happily told my 'overly strict' father that if I applied myself, I could be THE top student in the school!!!

    To say he was a little peeved when I got home, is an understatement. I handed him my 100% mark, history exam and said 'its tough at the top, when did you get 100% Dad??'

    One of our girls had a math teacher who had failed math, so could not explain anything. She read paperback novels in class, still pulled her pay check and the kids had to get tutors. SMH

    There are some excellent teachers, some mediocre teachers and some downright awful teachers.

    Wish we had had cell phones/video in my day.
     
  3. Cubby

    Cubby fly the W!

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    I have to respectfully disagree with this students approach. She made this all about herself. More of the me, me, me, its all about me mentality.

    Alcoholism is a disease, would she have called out and berated a teacher for any other illness? High school guidance counselors aren't hand holders expected to do everything for the students. This student should have been doing this research herself, with the assistance of her counselor. Emphasis on the word assistance. Did she even mention her classmates? Only to the extent of what they did for her.

    As for her potential future employers, I am certain they will consider how she took the opportunity to publicly slam and humiliate anyone who didn't live up to her expectations or suffered a debilitating disease.

    Not cool. #natalybuhr
     
  4. human

    human Well-Known Member

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    I think a counselor should be helping students, That is what they are paid to do.

    Alcoholism is a disease that is aided by enablers. I would guess plenty knew the teacher was drunk. The teacher should not have been allowed to teach. Calling an alcoholic out may break the denial.

    Doing it at the valedictorian speech? Probably not a good time but maybe the only time people would listen
     
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  5. Elley Mae

    Elley Mae The enemy is here. beware

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    JMO

    I have never been on board with people that drink liquor/alcohol as having a disease, to me it’s an addiction just like smoking cigs or doing heroin, you choose to do it, ppl don’t choose to get heart disease or cancer. It gives drunks an excuse to drink.


    I loved her speech, she was speaking her mind and telling the truth.

    Jmo
     
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  6. JDG

    JDG Websleuther

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    ^^^^ That! Totally agree, its a lifestyle choice. IMO

    As for the Valedictorian speaking of *inappropriate* behaviour of staff, free speech still exists and from the response to her comments, it seems that many others agreed whole heartedly. IMO

    She is obviously a very smart young woman or she wouldn't be valedictorian. IMO
     
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    PrairieWind Verified Attorney

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    Well, thats probably the last valedictorian speech that high school will have!
     
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    DS graduated high school last year. I wanted his take. He thinks it’s totally inappropriate. His take .... it is one thing to mention shortcomings in passing. If they are mentioned it should either have a little humor added, or a hope for improvement. He feels it is NEVER ok to call out specific people. As for the drinking teacher, he said IF the school had done nothing MAYBE bringing it up is ok. Since the school did act he feels it was totally wrong to bring it up.
    Honestly, the first thing he said is the counselors, and office staff are there to help you. It is NOT there job to tell you about every scholarship.
     
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