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Monday, June 17, 2019

Outspoken Valedictorian

Not the proper venue, perhaps.  Apparently, however, frustration overcame etiquette, and Nataly Buhr decided to tell it like it is. Furthermore, what she decided to do is one way to hold a school somewhat accountable for what amounts to malpractice of education — a horror which, in large part because of tenure, has infiltrated all school systems, even the best of them. I myself have seen this malpractice of education over the years, but in the past four years or so, it seems to have accelerated, even in Honors and Advanced Placement courses.

Blurb for the video below:
Gradation is supposed to be one of the happiest nights for students, instead a South Bay valedictorian took to the podium to call out a teacher and other staff in her commencement address that has since gone viral.
San Diego valedictorian graduation speech:

From Valedictorian delivers scorched-earth graduation speech (New York Post, June 13, 2019):
A California valedictorian delivered a scorched-earth graduation speech in which she thanked her guidance counselor for having “absolutely no role in my achievements” and a teacher who was “regularly intoxicated during class.”

Sardonic senior Nataly Buhr didn’t mince words in her speech to San Ysidro High School’s class of 2019 last Thursday, according to video posted [above].

She started by thanking, in earnest, her “hard-working” parents before launching into a tongue-in-cheek tirade. {She also commended some excellent teachers by name]

“To my counselor, thanks for teaching me to fend for myself. You were always unavailable to my parents and I, despite appointments,” Buhr deadpanned while dressed in a white cap and gown. “Only in these past few weeks, with the awards ceremonies and graduation coming up, did you begin making your appearance.”

She added, “And might I note, you expressed to me the joy in knowing that one of your students was valedictorian when you had absolutely no role in my achievements.”

The plucky teen also gave a shoutout to the “staff in the main office” for teaching her to be “resourceful.”

“Your negligence to inform me of several scholarships until the day before they were due potentially caused me to miss out on thousands of dollars,” she said.

Buhr drew thunderous applause from her fellow seniors when she brazenly called out “the teacher who was regularly intoxicated during class this year.”


Unsurprisingly, school officials were not pleased with the stunt....
Read the rest HERE.

What Nataly Buhr did will have no impact, of course. It's like screaming into the abyss. Our public education system is rotten to the core.


  1. What an impressive young lady. She will go far in this world.

    Our education system is running on a century-old model. The bureaucracy needs to be smashed and the entire system remade.

    Privatizing k-12 needs to happen. It would flush out the bad teachers and allow the good ones to flourish and gain greater monetary rewards.

  2. Great comment Silver

  3. I'd point out that she was positive about several teachers and the drunk was arrested. She had complaints about the administration but they have not had a chance to reply.
    Clearly reason to sacrifice the whole edifice on the altar of that cure all, privatization.

    1. I knew I'd trigger you. Heh heh heh...

      Our education system and poor results are a national shame and a global embarrassment.

      I do concede this: our society is a sewer of immorality that encourages feral beast behavior. That is not the teachers's fault, and I have a great deal of sympathy for those who have to grapple daily with the monsters spawned by irresponsible parents and our culture of filth and idiocy.

    2. My post today describes in great detail what is going on with Soviet inspired education in the USA.

    3. Great post Kid - yes, subversion and by our education system.

    4. Thanks Bay, glad you found some value

    5. Kid,
      I'll try to stop by to read that post!

    6. AOW, It's a vid - a bit long but all ya need to know about why we are where we are and what could possibly be done about it.

      I'll probably have a new one up tonight so here is the link to this one.

    7. "our society is a sewer of immorality that encourages feral beast behavior. That is not the teachers's fault, and I have a great deal of sympathy for those who have to grapple daily with the monsters spawned by irresponsible parents and our culture of filth and idiocy."

      Compulsory welcome speech at the start of academic year, if I had my way!

  4. I'm not sure I'd go as far as private education as the best solution. But clearly this student hit a few nails squarely on the head. I saw this the other day and was angered by what happened.

    As a resident of a state that cannot find any extra $$$ for education spending in essentially boom years, I wonder what happens in the next inevitable downturn.

    1. There must be competition for education to improve and charter schools are not enough so far.

  5. Saw this a few days ago. Wonderful job by this person.

  6. Education is a state concern; I want no federal involvement in matters that belong to the states (and the people). Ed’s right.
    Government monopolies do not work to the advantage of the American people, particularly in areas as critical as education. The only proof we need is the consistent assessments made by independent groups that American children fare worse in education than 48% of the rest of the world. Even a few third world cesspools do better.

    1. But it's a mixed bag worldwide. Canada and Germany were both dissatisfied with their performance and made sweeping improvements, Canada was central, Germany much less so.
      That difference is seen in high performing nations like Finland, Japan, Holland and New Zealand.

      What they all seem to have missing is the American impulse to turn education into a profit center.

    2. They are also homogenous societies.

      Also, other nations cannot print their own money with impunity, and they realize they could cease to be a nation or fall into insignificance if they don't stay on their game.

      The spoiled brats and sluts here in Amreeka think we will always be bulletproof and they have no appreciation for the sacrifice and struggle it to get them to the pinnacle of sloth, ignorance and pleasure-seeking.

  7. Our schools are worse than a pathetic joke. Sayin.

  8. Wow - hadn't heard this. Agree, it's not the ideal platform, but how do you get peoples' attention? Much of this gets swept under the rug.


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