Motivational speaker Eric Thomas addresses St. Louis-area HS students in video that’s gone viral: “Ain’t nothing funny. Look how we’re living. Ain’t nothing funny.”

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Alexander Russo

Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at alexanderrusso@gmail.com.