I’m a little late putting this up because I wanted to make some more comments, but decided just to put it up anyway. Someone posted this on FaceBook and I thought I should post a link to this High School graduation speech that I thought wonderfully expressed many of my frustrations with the educational system in the United States. I wish we’d had a speech like this at my graduation.
A couple of my favorite quotes from the speech:
“doesn’t it perturb you to learn about the idea of “critical thinking.” Is there really such a thing as “uncritically thinking?” To think is to process information in order to form an opinion. But if we are not critical when processing this information, are we really thinking? Or are we mindlessly accepting other opinions as truth?”
“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.