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14. "Dear parents: are we individuals or investments?" - Tom Hodgson


As a skateboarder, Tom Hodgson knows that when you're up in the air doing a trick, there's no one there to break your fall. In his speech, Tom calls on today's parents to allow your children to fall, to allow them make their own choices, to allow them to learn how to cope. But, instead, Tom argues that most parents don't trust their children as individuals, rather they treat them as investments.

Tom Hodgson is a professional skateboarder with a goofy stance. He's a member of the Pine Crest School class of 2015 and will be attending the University of Arizona.