Newton Superintendent David Fleishman this week was fined over allegations that his commencement speech repeated parts of an address by Governor Deval Patrick.
Below is a comparison of their selected remarks — Fleishman's at the Newton South High School commencement and Patrick's at Boston University's graduation.
These quotes are courtesy of Boston University and The Lion's Roar newspaper at Newton South High School.
Patrick: "Real human connection, the nuance of empathy and understanding, is often more gradual and elongated than Twitter."
Fleishman: "Lastly, personal connection, the nuance of empathy and understanding, is often more incremental and complex than Twitter."
Patrick: "However, given the level of personal engagement that good citizenship demands, I have been wondering whether this kind of citizenship is in jeopardy."
Fleishman: "However, I worry that this level of face-to-face conversation, which is necessary for good citizenship, is in jeopardy."
Patrick: "Modern society is awash in information and grappling with how to make the most of social media. It is a force in casual communication, in business marketing, in celebrity. It transformed politics..."
Fleishman: "Modern society is overflowing with information and this will only magnify as social media evolves. It is significant in casual communication, entertainment, business, and politics."
Patrick: "Social media, as we have seen, can start a revolution. But can it bring peace?"
Fleishman: "We saw social media lead to revolutions in the Middle East, but did it bring peace?"
Patrick: "Sometime today, put your tablet or smartphone aside, look you Mom and Dad in the eye and tell them you love them."
Fleishman: "One way to begin tonight is to briefly put down your phone and personally thank that many people who have supported you along the way."