Once in the real world, I realized it was all a farce. There was very little that I learned in school that was valuable…especially after 4th grade. I felt cheated and disappointed that I had spent countless excruciatingly BORING years in classrooms and had nothing to show for it but a bunch of diplomas and boxes of reports graded by my teachers that no one cared about.
My experience is, for the most part, what led me to the field of education. I wanted to do what I could to ensure future students had an experience more relevant, meaningful, and less boring than mine. How refreshing it was then, to hear from Erica Goldson who upon leaving high school this year shared this.
“It seems that my view of working toward experiential learning is proving to be correct. It seems that university takes away the fun of learning, just as my high school did. It seems that students are here just to pass their classes, so that they can get a degree, and then get a job, to then be consumers just like the corporate and marketing industry would like us to. It seems that we are all running into a big hole - a hole that leaves us feeling empty inside and leaves our society nugatory.”
Erica is extremely frustrated as she jumps through what she perceives to be the meaningless hoops of life in primary, secondary, and now post secondary education. She shared her frustration ever so eloquently in her recent valedictorian speech which you can watch below and read here Coxsackie-Athens Valedictorian Speech 2010.
With nearly 1/2 a million views of her video and counting, it is clear that this young lady has struck a cord. The question now is, what are those of us in the education system going to do in response to the frustration shared by Erica and felt by so many of her peers, parents, and teachers?
Here are some places to learn more about Erica Goldson and her message.
- Join her fan page on Facebook here
- Follow her blog America via Erica
-An Interview With Erica Goldson, 2010 Valedictorian at Coxsackie-Athens High School, Regarding Education, Politics and American Culture
-School Sucks Project: 054 - Emergence (With Erica Goldson) Imagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction… Public education is the lock. This is the fourth in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys.