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Larry Wilmore Helps Gay Student Give the Speech His School Banned

Thanks to The Nightly Show, high school valedictorian Evan Young was able to share his message of tolerance with the world.

Evan Young is 18-years-old, and the valedictorian of Twin Peaks Charter School. But when school officials found out that Young planned to come out as gay in his graduation speech, they banned him from making it. Evan was distraught that he couldn’t say his speech at his own high school graduation, so he did the next best thing: he said it on national television.

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Why We Should Make It Easier for High School Grads to Take a "Gap Year"

When students take a year off before college to gain real-world experience, everyone wins.

Should more American students take a year off between high school and college to gain real-world experience, tangible skills, and some maturity? That's the thinking behind "gap years," a purposefully planned year of volunteer work and internships. Although they're growing in popularity in the States, they're still not as common here as they are in some other parts of the developed world. But after 12 years of studying, maybe encouraging graduates to take a year off and apply that book learning isn't a bad idea.

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