The 2010 graduating class of Coxsackie-Athens high school in New York witnessed Valedictorian, Erica Goldson, blast our modern day “schooling” system in a speech she titled Here I Stand. Erica Goldson is an inspiration. She courageously demonstrates the power that can be achieved by those who choose to think.

Below is a brief excerpt from Here I Stand. As you read this remember this is from an address from the Valedictorian to her fellow graduating high school class, parents, teachers, and administrators. Amazing!

....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.....”

....And now here I am in a world guided by fear, a world suppressing the uniqueness that lies inside each of us, a world where we can either acquiesce to the inhuman nonsense of corporatism and materialism or insist on change. 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 have no choices in life when money is our motivational force. Our motivational force ought to be passion, but this is lost from the moment we step into a system that trains us, rather than inspires us....”.

....The saddest part is that the majority of students don't have the opportunity to reflect as I did. The majority of students are put through the same brainwashing techniques in order to create a complacent labor force working in the interests of large corporations and secretive government, and worst of all, they are completely unaware of it.....”

Please visit Erica's blog for a complete transcript of her moving speech. Erica eloquently explains her feelings about her years of schooling and provides thoughtful perspective on society at large.

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