Why do we go to school? 拆解《奥巴马: 我们为什么要上学》

#师北宸21天写作训练营Vol.2#

金句

  • That’s no excuse for not trying.

  • No one’s born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work.

  • Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it.

段落

  • Maybe you could be a good writer–maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper–but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor–maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine–but you might not know it until you do a project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.

  • Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.

  • So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?

万能写作法

  • 观点:
    你的生活状况——你的长相、出身、经济条件、家庭氛围——都不是疏忽学业和态度恶劣的借口,这些不是你去跟老师顶嘴、逃课、或是辍学的借口,这些不是你不好好读书的借口。

  • 举例1:
    例如德克萨斯州罗马市的贾斯敏(Jazmin Perez)。刚进学校时,她根本不会说英语,她住的地方几乎没人上过大学,她的父母也没有受过高等教育,但她努力学习,取得了优异的成绩,靠奖学金进入了布朗大学,如今正在攻读公共卫生专业的博士学位。

  • 举例2:我还想起了加利福尼亚州洛斯拉图斯市的安多尼(Andoni Schultz),他从三岁起就开始与脑癌病魔做斗争,他熬过了一次次治疗与手术——其中一次影响了他的记忆,因此他得花出比常人多几百个小时的时间来完成学业,但他从不曾落下自己的功课。这个秋天,他要开始在大学读书了。

  • 举例3:又比如在我的家乡,伊利诺斯州芝加哥市,身为孤儿的香特尔(Shantell Steve)换过多次收养家庭,从小在治安很差的地区长大,但她努力争取到了在当地保健站工作的机会、发起了一个让青少年远离犯罪团伙的项目,很快,她也将以优异的成绩从中学毕业,去大学深造。

  • 总结:和你们一样,他们也在生活中遭遇各种各样的困难与问题,但他们拒绝放弃,他们选择为自己的教育担起责任、给自己定下奋斗的目标。我希望你们中的每一个人,都能做得到这些。

  • (升华:在今天,我号召你们每一个人都为自己的教育定下一个目标——并在之后,尽自己的一切努力去实现它。)

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