A reader sent this link to a passionate and eloquent 12-year-old in what seems to be a speech about abortion to her class. Reminds me of grade five, when as part of learning about the political system, we had to organize an election. I ran for Prime Minister. I won by a substantial margin, after getting help from a lawyer-family friend who suggested I campaign on a ticket of extended recess/lunch hour and no uniforms. I might add, I was the Conservative candidate, making me not unlike our Conservative Prime Minister today–completely without principle or small-c conservative ideology, but really keen on winning. I digress–the other winning element was a friend (today a corporate lawyer) who made up a cheer to the tune of the Mickey Mouse song: “A-N-D, R-E-A, M-R-O-Z-E, K! Andrea Mrozek, (Andrea Mrozek), Andrea Mrozek (Andrea Mrozek!)” This marks the first and last time I campaigned for office and the last time that anyone has been able to pronounce–and spell–my name properly. Good times.
Anyhoo, here’s the speech now:
Tanya adds: I gave a similar speech in 7th grade (and I highly doubt I was nearly as well spoken… especially since it was for my French class). I do remember my teacher looking at me with a smile during the speech. Thinking back on it now, I wonder if it was an encouraging smile, or a condescending (we’ll see how you feel when you’re older) smile. Enh! Either way, I still feel the same now as I did then.by