xchel2828 wrote:Tanicius wrote:The criticisms of her speech seem to make no distinction between the professor and the school. What the school did was bad. The professor is just giving legitimate advice.
No one is disputing that the "advice" given by the professor is not legitimate when taken without any context. The problem is that she gave this advice to new graduates, not prospective students, that have just spend 150K, if not more, in tuition and fees. But what it really messed up is that the professor's salary dependent directly on convincing these stupid students that their investment was worth it. It turns out it was not, and now, after the fact, the professor basically tells the new graduates "sorry, life is hard."
I also dispute the notion that the professor is giving these new graduates advice because advice implies BEFORE the fact. These dudes have already paid and the damage has been done. Instead of advice, I would call it a criticism. The professor is criticizing the "sense of entitlement" of these new graduates.
I don't think you fully understand what she's trying to say. Her point was that the damage has not all been done - their future still hinges in their attitude and the effort they put in. It might be criticism, but it's constructive, and it's something that needs to be said rather than stupid sappy talk about how they're about to embark on the greatest years of their lives. Also, the professor's speech applies to tons of law students - not just the unusually unlucky batch at Emory.