Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Valedictorian's Unschooling Speech

You may find it ironic that a valedictorian speaks out against schooling (I did), but it is a compelling speech. The speaker was Erica Goldson, and the speech was delivered at Coxsackie-Athens High School on June 25, 2010.


  1. My brother-in-law sent this to me via Twitter. I haven't read the whole thing, but I skimmed the first few paragraph. My first reaction is "how in the world did this girl get administrative approval for this speech?!" Our commencement speakers go through a rigorous review by the English department of the school.

    Looks compelling. I'll have to take a closer look.

  2. Haha! That is an interesting question. I guess I would ask you back, do you think she should have gotten approval? And if not, why not?

  3. I really enjoyed reading this speech. I am going to print it out for my kids to read (high schoolers). It is hard to resist the pressure to take the classes that colleges want instead of exploring and trying new new subjects.