High School Valedictorian Lambasts The Priorities Of US Educational System

Meet Erica Goldson, the 2010 valedictorian of Coxsackie-Athens High School:

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The full transcript of her speech is here.

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • http://sendaianonymous.wordpress.com Sendai

    Awww, I feel so old ^^;;;

    Of all the innumerable critics of various educational systems, starting with the scholastic one (well, probably much earlier, but I don’t really remember which Greek philosopher it could be) and not-really-ending with Althusser, the young ones, barely out of school, are most adorable ^^

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  • KM

    That is brilliant. I’m amazed that someone could write this who’s no older than, what, 18? I completely agree: our educational system centers around teaching people what to think, over and against the idea of showing them how to think independantly for themselves––but I could never of articulated it as clearly as she did. Very well-written. If I wore a fedora and came across her in public, I would tip my hat.