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    Default Wonderful article about stuff I keep saying. ;)

    If you've hung around this forum any length of time, you've heard me encourage members to not focus on "getting activities marked off" . . . to focus more on their students actually learning and retaining the material presented. It does no good for a child to "pass" a test, if they can't remember the answers the following week. I would rather my children proceed more slowly and really LEARN than to blast through the program and not remember what they had studied.

    Here's the text of a high school Valedictiorian's speech. I love it! It begins:

    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.


    There's more. The full article can be found here: Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling in Graduation Speech -- Signs of the Times News

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    LOVED it Kelly! Thanks for sharing!
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    I absolutely LOVED this!!! Thank you for sharing Kelly
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    *huge applause* (and yeah, that's going on facebook!!)
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    Love it!
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