Thursday, October 7, 2010

Well I'll bet THIS went over like a lead balloon...

This is a Valedictorian speech given by someone named Erica Goldson.  Although I think it's brilliant, I can't imagine it sat well with the school administrators listening to it.

Go Erica!  And good luck with your future.


  1. Glad to see a young person speaking out. Ties in with the "Truth of Fiction" topic of the other day.

    It's about time the kids see the truth about their educations - they are getting the short end of the public education stick and have been for decades. Unions, and the politicians they own, are not going to change anything if they can possibly avoid doing so. Afterall, a dumbed-down populace is much easier to control than an enlightened one. The elitists want to retain the power.

    Things are looking up, as far as Americans speaking out. I just hope it isn't too late to save the republic.

    Stand UP
    Speak OUT
    Fear NOT

    Anonymous Patriot

  2. Her writing style reminds me of Ayn Rand's work.

    If this is in fact real, I'd like to have seen the faces on the faculty and admin as this speech was delivered.

    A. McSp

  3. To tell you the truth, I'm surprised she got to finish it. I can just see it smeared across the network news now, security people and school administrators mugging her and dragging her away from the podium. It would have gone world-wide. That's probably why they just fidgeted in their seats and let her go. You can be sure, at that school, from now on valedictorian speeches will have to be 'approved' before they get up on the stage!
    How dare she refuse to be a good little sheep! How dare she encourage others to THINK??

  4. I am currently beginning a second career (after being a mom, kids are grown) as a teacher. I have to student teach even though I plan on working in an alternative setting. That being said, I so agree with her. The teacher who is training me has this dilemma, do I let the test scores for which I am judged just slide, or do I do what I know is right and teach History in a meaningful way? I think "no child left behind" is leaving behind what is important, the child.

  5. I graduated from a public college-prep academy that is consistently rated among the top 5 schools in the country. It's only now, years later and after heavily researching homeschooling options for my own children, that I realize how useless my high school education was.

    We didn't really have the option learn anything in depth. The whole point of the curriculum was to have a stunning transcript to send out with our college applications. Of course, it makes complete sense. It was, after all, a college-prep program. I think we just didn't realize they were taking the term so literally.

  6. Here is her giving the speech on

  7. As a student who is going to enter high school this, year, I would really love to talk with her more about her point of view. I feel like I’m just grasping it, and wow! Really cool! I am impressed.