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I gotta say, using a child to pressure teachers to do more because some children (probably not this child) have parents that suck is a bit forced.

Oh, and every child may not make it to college or work, so our belief has nothing to do with it. Is this kid a jr. preacher?

I don't like the video, its message, and I think the messenger is a little to up there on his high horse (or whoever coached him).

Bad, bad, bad.

Smart kid though!


Are you serious? I am shocked to see a negative comment about this! It was 8 phenomenal minutes of a very powerful message that ALL teachers, administrators and school employees should hear. Parents should hear it too. Extraordinarily motivating and a perfect way to start off the school year...with the focus on the right target!

Jan Borelli

I was entranced!

I showed it to my faculty today for our faculty meeting. They cheered! It gave us all an opportunity to reflect on just what the child said. Hooray!


Interesting. I liked the message, but didn't care too much for the video. First of all, this kid must be a junior preacher. Seriously. He is really good. I can't imagine how many hours this young man practiced with his parents giving this speech.
The part of the message I really liked was believing not only in your colleagues, but in yourselves. Many educators feel that since they may never be the "coolest" teacher in the school, that they can't make a big difference. In my case, many of my favorite teachers were probably considered average by the principal. They may have not had the best teaching skills, but they cared and were human. Educators need not be super-human.
Also, believing in your colleagues. I hope the Principals out there listed to that part. While there are many fantastic principals, many are lousy. Those are the principals that are probably not on this board reading this right now. Teachers are not the enemy. We are on in this together. I could and probably should elaborate, but it is 7:13 in the morning and I gotta go to work!


Negative comments about this video? Man, you are in the wrong profession. Get out while you can! How impressive to see a kid show this kind of ability-even the speaking ability at his age, his enthusism, his stage presence. In a profession where the appreciation is limited often times, this was an awesome message all of us should take to heart.

Irene Masterson

This young man is phenomenal. I can't believe that any true teacher or person could see anything negative about this video. He made me proud to be a teacher and an African American. His teachers are to be commended for planting such postive thoughts in his young mind. I know that I will see this young man on stage or in the political arena some day. He reminds me of Dr. Maritn Luther King. The Lord has blessed him and he will some day lead others to greatness. I hope he continues to be out front with all that he is doing. Hooray! Hooray! We see a kid who is on stage and not " rapping" or using
profanity to get his message across.

Linda Johnson

The student did a phenomenal job. As educators I hope that video causes us to reflect on our beliefs about students and their abilities. To make inappropriate and biased comments such as "he must be a junior preacher or must have spent countless hours practicing the speech" rather than recognizing that this student is obviously gifted. There are many students such as this one that go unnoticed by teachers and leaders in our schools because of mind frames such as yours. I hope that you reflect on your beliefs about your students so that you do not limit their potential.

Frankie Harris

Great Job young man!!

Morty M.

So I hear Dallas ISD just laid off some 375 teachers, 40 counselors, and a bunch of administrators. So much for "believing".


I heard the same thing about the Dallas Public Schools.

Jenny Fee

The student delivers a very powerful message. Students will not learn unless they know we believe that they can learn. We communicate our beliefs about a student both explicitly and implicitly through our words and actions. We need to be aware of how our comments, rules, and procedures send implicit messages to students regarding our level of confidence in their ability to achieve.


I have shared this with my staff and think that it is inspirational. I give this young man credit for standing up in front of so many, wow!

So many times while we are in the thick of things, we forget where our kids come from and what their home life may be. Why is a student not getting work done, having a bad day, tired all the time, ready to blow at any minute, shut down to the outside world etc. We can't give up on them, we do need to believe or there is a good chance, we are in the wrong profession!

Ellen V.

I thought the video was great. The student may have been a bit "practiced" but his message was true.


Not a bad video, coached well and a lot of training. But ,it's a sad day when teachers need "pumped up" by a penacostal preaching young boy. A lot of hype, but the "feel good" hype is what our nation has turned into wanting and buying. Is it better than negative rap, yes. But when we hear all the talk that tickles our ears with no substance or action from speakers and politictions alike it worries me.

Sheldon J. Plankton

To: ajp,

I agree. To me, it would have been much better if the Superintendent had spoke about how he believes in the staff. He then would offer examples on what the DISD would do to prove it. "We beleive in you, so we will offer you better professional development!". "We believe in you so we will only hire principals who act like professionals!", "we believe in you so we will buy supplies for you! You no longer have to buy kids pencils out of your own pocket!", "We beleive in you so much, we will reduce class size 20%".
Nope. The DISD did not do this. They hired some juinor preacher (this is a fact, folks) to give a speech to adult professionals. Go figure.

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