054 Keys (Installment #4): Emergence (w/ Erica Goldson)

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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.

The END of Public Education?

END: It's over, irrelevant, useless, needs to be done away with. Considering the time we're living in, this is more true than ever.

Critical Thinking Questions:
We are told in school that this "education" will open up the world to us and create endless options for our future. So why does it often feel like the world is being closed off and our options are being diminished?

Topic:

emergence (noun):
1. coming out of, passage out
2. a beginning
3. coming into sight

Erica Goldson joins me to discuss her story of freeing herself from the constricting environment and expectations of government school over-achievement. I equate the school experience to being stuck in a narrowing tunnel, and Erica's story provides an inspiring example of the ability to emerge from it.

Also discussed:
-"America's Economic Needs" explored
-Engaging peers and confronting authorities
-Dealing with the 'fight or flight' responses of others
-Squandered opportunities for critical thinking
-One good teacher

Bumper Music:
"Do Better" Say Anything
"High School Sucks Musical" Main Theme

Look Closer:

Erica's Blog
http://americaviaerica.blogspot.com/2010/07/coxsackie-athens-valedictorian-speech.html

Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling (You Tube)

The Greatest Mistake in American History: Letting Government Educate Our Children, by Harry Browne
http://fee.org/nff/the-greatest-mistake-in-american-history-letting-government-educate-our-children/

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