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Swift Kick Central: Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling in Graduation Speech

Erica Goldson…  channeled her inner Ivan Illich and de-constructed the logic of a valedictorian and the whole educational system…  here’s the speech…

“School is not all that it can be. Right now, it is a place for most people to determine that their goal is to get out as soon as possible…

I will leave in the fall to go on to the next phase expected of me, in order to receive a paper document that certifies that I am capable of work. But I contest that I am a human being, a thinker, an adventurer – not a worker. A worker is someone who is trapped within repetition – a slave of the system set up before him. But now, I have successfully shown that I was the best slave…

I excelled at every subject just for the purpose of excelling, not learning. And quite frankly, now I’m scared…

We are not enlivened by an educational system that clandestinely sets us up for jobs that could be automated, for work that need not be done, for enslavement without fervency for meaningful achievement…

We are more than robotic bookshelves, conditioned to blurt out facts we were taught in school.  We are all very special, every human on this planet is so special, so aren’t we all deserving of something better, of using our minds for innovation, rather than memorization, for creativity, rather than futile activity, for rumination rather than stagnation?”

via Swift Kick Central: Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling in Graduation Speech.

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