We salute Erica Goldson of Coxsackie, NY.Â She graduated as the class valedictorian from Coxsackie-Athens High School and gave a commencement address that spoke volumes about how students actually feel, the state of the American education system, and how creatives are actually born and bred.Â Check out this excerpt:
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 can attest that I am only the best at doing what I am told and working the system. Yet, here I stand, and I am supposed to be proud that I have completed this period of indoctrination. I will leave in the fall to go on to the next phase expected of me, in order to receive a paper document that certifies that I am capable of work. But I contest that I am a human being, a thinker, an adventurer â€“ not a worker. A worker is someone who is trapped within repetition â€“ a slave of the system set up before him. But now, I have successfully shown that I was the best slave.Â I did what I was told to the extreme. While others sat in class and doodled to later become great artists, I sat in class to take notes and become a great test-taker.