Monday August 2nd, 2010
|Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling in Graduation Speech
posted 08/02/2010, 2:02 PM (Signs of the Times)|
The following speech was delivered by top of the class student Erica Goldson during the graduation ceremony at Coxsackie-Athens High School on June 25, 2010
Here I stand
There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached his teacher, and asked the Master, "If I work very hard and diligently, how long will it take for me to find Zen? The Master thought about this, then replied, "Ten years . ." "¨The student then said, "But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast -- How long then?" Replied the Master, "Well, twenty years." "But, if I really, really work at it, how long then?" asked the student. "Thirty years," replied the Master. "But, I do not understand," said the disappointed student. "At each time that I say I will work harder, you say it will take me longer. Why do you say that?" "¨Replied the Master, "When you have one eye on the goal, you only have one eye on the path."
This is the dilemma I've faced within the American education system. We are so focused on a goal, whether it be passing a test, or graduating as first in the class. However, in this way, we do not really learn. We do whatever it takes to achieve our original objective.
Some of you may be thinking, "Well, if you pass a test, or become valedictorian, didn't you learn something? Well, yes, you learned something, but not all that you could have. Perhaps, you only learned how to memorize names, places, and dates to later on forget in order to clear your mind for the next test. 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.
I am now accomplishing that goal. I am graduating. I should look at this as a positive experience, especially being at the top of my class. However, in retrospect, I cannot say that I am any more intelligent than my peers. I c... (more)
Related: The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher - By John Taylor Gatto, New York State Teacher of the Year, 1991
|Something Fishy About RightHaven Suits?
posted 08/02/2010, 2:01 PM (CaseyResearch)|
Cracking down on the blogosphere seems to have become the latest fashion. Since March, lawsuits were filed against at least 88 blogs, message boards, advocacy organizations, and other websites, according to various news reports.
And they’re all coming from the same source: Las Vegas-based RightHaven, a firm that deals with copyright infringement.
Reason.com reports that “RightHaven’s business model involves acquiring the copyrights for specific articles orig... (more)
posted 08/02/2010, 2:01 PM (Stephan Kinsella)|
Watch Importation, Copyright, and the First-Sale Doctrine
The "Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200m" wristwatch.
In Cutting edges, blogger Peter Gordon relates a fascinating case where Swiss watchmaker Omega found a brilliantly evil trick using IP law to crack do... (more)
|Andy of Mayberry Shills for Obamacare
posted 08/02/2010, 2:01 PM (Infowars)|
Andy Griffith is telling seniors “good things are coming” under Obamacare. The actor, who played the sheriff of Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show in the 1960s, says retiring Baby Boomers can expect free preventive checkups and lower-cost prescriptions when they become Medicare recipients. Griffith was paid with Medicare money to shill the program.
|EPA to Crack Down on Farm Dust
posted 08/02/2010, 2:01 PM (News9.com)|
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a crackdown on farm dust, so senators have signed a letter addressing their concerns on the possible regulations.
The letter dated July 23 to the EPA states, "If approved, would establish the most stringent and unparalleled regulation of dust in our nation's history." It further states, "We respect efforts for a clean and healthy environment, but not at the expense of common sense. These identified levels wil... (more)
|Let Them Eat Cake
posted 08/02/2010, 2:01 PM (Paul Craig Roberts)|
It is not unusual for members of the diminishing upper middle class to drop $20,000 or $30,000 on a big wedding. But for celebrities this large sum wouldn't cover the wedding dress or the flowers.
When country music star Keith Urban married actress Nicole Kidman in 2006, their wedding cost $250,000. This large sum hardly counts as a celebrity wedding. When mega-millionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump married model Melania Knauss, the wedding bill was $1,000,000.