Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling

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    This is an amazing video by a valedictorian speaking out against schooling:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9M4tdMsg3ts]‪Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling‬‏ - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    I hated school but am OK with it now cause it pays good and I get lots of time off.
     
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    Well, the young lady was well spoken and articulate, a free thinker, so she must have gained something from her education. I think that if she wanted changes she might have been better served by rallying for them during her educational years within that "institution", not as she is graduating. There is no possible way the educational system can address the personal dreams of each student and students are free to pursue and develop those interests in other ways. Although stating she did not mean it as an insult, she did insult her instructors and her fellow students. A valetictorian speech is suppose to inspire, not provide a platform to air personal grieveances. A lot of folks here appeared to be anything but inspired, but rather bored and wishing like heck she would shut-up. It would be interesting to see if she backs up her thoughts with actions as an adult to pursue changing the things she thinks needs changing or if this was just a lot of pompous hot air.
     
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    gee, an 18 year old that knows everything.

    amazing.
     
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    Who knows. Maybe she does. There are always exceptions to every rule. :)
     
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    But how much of her education did not come from schooling.

    It is certainly curious that this country can't come up with something as simple as a National Recommended Reading List. And looking back it is also curious that my teachers never suggested decent books. I had to stumble across them on my own. Then after you find them you can find a few people suggesting them but hardly ever teachers.

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    Not all education has to come from school, nor does it. It comes from experiences in the community, church, from exposure to different folks, different views.

    When I was in school we did have a reading list in either English or Literature class, but so what if you had to stumble upon them on your own, and what you describe as 'decent' may differ from that others may feel is decent. Again, not all learning has to come from teachers. The opportunity to learn is all around everyone of us everyday, just gotta reach out and grab it rather than waiting for someone to suggest something or provide it for you. School provides the basics to get you started, pursuing your dreams is on you.
     
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    Good thing she didn't say a prayer or mention God. The ACLU gestapo would have yanked her off the platform.
     
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    :clap2: I see posts like this and think "I wish I'd said that."

    I agree that the video was amazing. Just in a negative way.

    PS for anyone who would prefer to simply read what she said, it's here: http://americaviaerica.blogspot.com/2010/07/coxsackie-athens-valedictorian-speech.html

    Personally I found it more palatable that way - but not by much.
     
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    It's alright we told you what to dream.

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