An Open Letter to Students Returning to School

by on August 7, 2012

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In which John Green gives advice to students returning to school for summer break, discusses the reasons public education exists, and celebrates the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity, among many great things that have happened to humans since we began to invest in public education.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Margo August 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

If you notice, something is missing. What could it be? Oh, I know… the treadmill desk.


Nancy August 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Omg my teachers showed me this and it made my day! Seriously jg u t all so fast. It was liked ninja speed. Jeez. But. Good tips. I like the part where it says we can all b stupid together. :) that is the bomb. John green come to fremd. We luv u! Seriously u r like the real deal. I kinda palm like a squirrel on caffeine which t orally rocks. Come to fremd so we can all bow down to. Ur awesomeness.


Emily September 19, 2012 at 12:19 am

to be fair i liked your book the fault in our stars and i (from what i can see) like your (general) outlook on the world.. buut, i was offended by your statements (though they were in a sarcastic sense.. sort of) of how students do not like school.. history is boring, math is hard ditto physics etc. (not to throw your own words back at you or anything) but i find it slightly strange that adults always assume that students dont enjoy school, or subjects in school.. thats not to say i do but why always this need to undermine school subjects instead of just promote and encourage them.. I feel that this would maybe not recieve greater reviews per ce but at least you’re (you in general not YOU specifically) not bashing subjects that some genuinly enjoy right infront of them.. it may not a make a difference in the long commercial standpoint of “how can we get students to like school” view but innitially you’ve changed someones outlook.. and that counts for something right?


Ronald L April 27, 2013 at 7:59 pm

This is one of the best videos of you I ever watched. I actually sent this out to couple of friends. It’s great. Thank you for this as it will change a lot of students.
Keep up the good works.


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Rebecca Stephens August 24, 2014 at 1:44 am

I love so much that you all do, however, some of the older videos on Youtube are not available with captioning. John talks so fast that there is no way I can show these to my ELL students (even advanced ones) without having the option of accurate captions. Just something to think about!



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