“I Was the Best Slave” – High School Valedictorian Exposes Public Education

Erica Goldson’s Valedictorian Speech

I had to share this incredible speech by Erica Goldson at her high school graduation ceremony.

This moment we’re living through has been a long time in the making. Since the start of the Cold War the public education system has been gradually and steadily subverted to the point most Americans do not legitimately seem capable of critical thinking.

At a time when many parents are considering home schooling rather than being forced to inject their children with an experimental gene therapy – for a disease that is not life-threatening to children – it’s worth taking nine minutes to hear this graduating senior tell the truth about our education system. (1)

You can also read the speech below.

Here I Stand – Erica Goldson

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

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 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 – not a worker. A worker is someone who is trapped within repetition – a slave of the system set up before him. But now, I have successfully shown that I was the best slave. 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. While others would come to class without their homework done because they were reading about an interest of theirs, I never missed an assignment. While others were creating music and writing lyrics, I decided to do extra credit, even though I never needed it. So, I wonder, why did I even want this position? Sure, I earned it, but what will come of it? When I leave educational institutionalism, will I be successful or forever lost? I have no clue about what I want to do with my life; I have no interests because I saw every subject of study as work, and I excelled at every subject just for the purpose of excelling, not learning. And quite frankly, now I’m scared.

John Taylor Gatto, a retired school teacher and activist critical of compulsory schooling, asserts, “We could encourage the best qualities of youthfulness – curiosity, adventure, resilience, the capacity for surprising insight simply by being more flexible about time, texts, and tests, by introducing kids into truly competent adults, and by giving each student what autonomy he or she

needs in order to take a risk every now and then. But we don’t do that.” Between these cinderblock walls, we are all expected to be the same. We are trained to ace every standardized test, and those who deviate and see light through a different lens are worthless to the scheme of public education, and therefore viewed with contempt.

H. L. Mencken wrote in The American Mercury for April 1924 that the aim of public education is not

to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence. … Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim … is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States. (Gatto)

To illustrate this idea, 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?

This was happening to me, and if it wasn’t for the rare occurrence of an avant-garde tenth grade English teacher, Donna Bryan, who allowed me to open my mind and ask questions before accepting textbook doctrine, I would have been doomed. I am now enlightened, but my mind still feels disabled. I must retrain myself and constantly remember how insane this ostensibly sane place really is.

And now here I am in a world guided by fear, a world suppressing the uniqueness that lies inside each of us, a world where we can either acquiesce to the inhuman nonsense of corporatism and materialism or insist on change. 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.

We are more than robotic bookshelves, conditioned to blurt out facts we were taught in school. We are all very special, every human on this planet is so special, so aren’t we all deserving of something better, of using our minds for innovation, rather than memorization, for creativity, rather than futile activity, for rumination rather than stagnation? We are not here to get a degree, to then get a job, so we can consume industry-approved placation after placation. There is more, and more still.

The saddest part is that the majority of students don’t have the opportunity to reflect as I did. The majority of students are put through the same brainwashing techniques in order to create a complacent labor force working in the interests of large corporations and secretive government, and worst of all, they are completely unaware of it. I will never be able to turn back these 18 years. I can’t run away to another country with an education system meant to enlighten rather than condition. This part of my life is over, and I want to make sure that no other child will have his or her potential suppressed by powers meant to exploit and control. We are human beings. We are thinkers, dreamers, explorers, artists, writers, engineers. We are anything we want to be – but only if we have an educational system that supports us rather than holds us down. A tree can grow, but only if its roots are given a healthy foundation.

For those of you out there that must continue to sit in desks and yield to the authoritarian ideologies of instructors, do not be disheartened. You still have the opportunity to stand up, ask questions, be critical, and create your own perspective. Demand a setting that will provide you with intellectual capabilities that allow you to expand your mind instead of directing it. Demand that you be interested in class. Demand that the excuse, “You have to learn this for the test” is not good enough for you. Education is an excellent tool, if used properly, but focus more on learning rather than getting good grades.

For those of you that work within the system that I am condemning, I do not mean to insult; I intend to motivate. You have the power to change the incompetencies of this system. I know that you did not become a teacher or administrator to see your students bored. You cannot accept the authority of the governing bodies that tell you what to teach, how to teach it, and that you will be punished if you do not comply. Our potential is at stake.

For those of you that are now leaving this establishment, I say, do not forget what went on in these classrooms. Do not abandon those that come after you. We are the new future and we are not going to let tradition stand. We will break down the walls of corruption to let a garden of knowledge grow throughout America. Once educated properly, we will have the power to do anything, and best of all, we will only use that power for good, for we will be cultivated and wise. We will not accept anything at face value. We will ask questions, and we will demand truth.

So, here I stand. I am not standing here as valedictorian by myself. I was molded by my environment, by all of my peers who are sitting here watching me. I couldn’t have accomplished this without all of you. It was all of you who truly made me the person I am today. It was all of you who were my competition, yet my backbone. In that way, we are all valedictorians.

I am now supposed to say farewell to this institution, those who maintain it, and those who stand with me and behind me, but I hope this farewell is more of a “see you later” when we are all working together to rear a pedagogic movement. But first, let’s go get those pieces of paper that tell us that we’re smart enough to do so!


Notes

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Time to Power Up!

[New Podcast] Recharging Our Auric Fields – 528 Hz DNA Repair

We’ve been spending as much time outdoors as we can, soaking up the vibrant energy of the Tennessee wild flowers and listening to the joyful songs of the blackbirds and mockingbirds.

Phoenix has been growing herbs and making kombucha and Kairos has been hard at work on a

In the new podcast, Phoenix and I talk about why May feels like a crucial month for recharging our energy and refocusing our hearts and minds on the more beautiful world we want to live in.

I talk about Auric Fields, the new album of generative music I’ve been working on this spring, full of brainwaves, birds, vocal toning and two Solfeggio frequencies, including the fabled 528 Hz “DNA repair” frequency. And we remind you to:

Kill your television! Stare at cows! Reclaim your mind!

Check it out:


Show Notes:

The Invisible Rainbow by Arthur Firstenberg

May 2021 New Moon Report

Power Up: Solar Plexus Healing

DK’s Personalized Astrology Report

528 Hz and DNA Repair

The Schumann Resonance

Kairos adds: “My statement on the pod about the Israeli military developing 5G technology and using it as a crowd control weapon was imprecise. The incident I was referring to with the Israeli military involved the use of psychotronic weapons transmitted via mobile phone towers. Since the U.S., Chinese, and Russian militaries have all used 5G millimeter-wave technologies as crowd control weapons, I am assuming that a similar tech was used in Barcelona at the event recounted on Irene Cesar’s blog.“ (1)

“If you’re interested in learning about some of the recognized health dangers posed by 5G, check out 5G Radiation Dangers – 11 Reasons to Be Concerned on Lloyd Burrell’s ElectricSense website.”

New Moon Report: Taurus New Moon and Eclipse Season Preview

Recharge Before Eclipses and Mercury Retrograde

Heya,

I’m doing a new monthly astrology and psychic weather report with Tatiana over at Cosmic Fire. These reports are available as MP3 downloads and cover the period starting with the  New Moon and running up to the next New Moon.

This month’s report is available now. It’s 53 minutes and includes a psychic weather forecast by Tatiana, an astrology forecast from yours truly, our combined take on what to expect and a short meditation.

The reports only cost $10 and are loaded with insights on the collective energy and how you as an individual can work with the New Moon and other key transits to empower yourself and live your best life regardless of what’s currently happening in Clown World.

Back when I used to record monthly audio horoscopes, I encouraged people to buy them and share them with a couple family or friends. We feel the same way about this project. Buy it for yourself and feel free to share it with a handful of folks who might actually benefit from our wisdom and  30+ years of combined experience helping people navigate through exceptionally transformative times.

Taurus New Moon Report – May 2021 | Cosmic Fire Shop

Here are some of the astrology themes I cover in more depth in the New Moon Report.

May 11 Taurus New Moon Report – Highlights

Taurus New Moon - May 11, 2021, 2:59 pm EST, Washington, DC.

Taurus New Moon – May 11, 2021, 2:59 pm EST, Washington, DC.

Abundance Alert

Tatiana and I prepared our portions of the Taurus New Moon Report separately and didn’t tell each other what we were seeing before we started recording. Interestingly, we both saw a really powerful and positive manifestation energy that is accessible now through the end of May. Continue reading

2021 Astrology Big Picture

Saturn Square Uranus, New Eclipse Series, and More 2021 Astrology

Celebrity psychic Laura Powers invited me back to her podcast to share my thoughts on the astrological potentials of 2021. With Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus locked in a tense square pattern for most of the year, we talked about how small personal choices add up to huge global shifts. And about the absolute necessity of staying grounded and centered in our own connection with Creator this year.

In 2020 we learned just how much power Big Tech oligarchs now wield over our data, our thoughts, and the public discourse. As censorship and thought-policing continues to intensify in 2021 in online spaces like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, people will begin disengaging from these legacy platforms and joining new networks based on maintaining freedom of speech and guaranteeing people’s rights to their personal data.

With Jupiter joining Saturn in Aquarius for half the year, we can expect even more peer pressure to “do the right thing” for the collective and make personal sacrifices “for the good of others.” Saturn, symbolizing authority, structure and integrity, reminds us that we will sooner or later get to experience the consequences of our actions. Choosing what is popular and convenient over what is is actually true does have repercussions.

Uranus the Awakener in Taurus is going to shake things up, one way or another. Uranus always wants to set us free by blasting out whatever is old and in the way. It can help us harness technology to make the world a better place for all this year but it can also bring swift, sudden shocks that jar us out of brainwashed complacency.

It looks like a year of ups and downs, with plenty of shocking or surprising plot twists, but ultimately it’s a year where we can make great strides towards creating the beautiful world we all want to live in. As long as we stay centered in truth and refuse to give our power away to those who would use it against us.

I enjoy my conversations with Laura. She really does have amazing psychic powers and she is committed to empowering people to create positive outcomes. If you like the conversation, please give it a heart on the embedded podcast player and share the podcast with others who can benefit. Thanks – DK

Be Your Own Astrologer

Learn Astrology With A Master Teacher

Be Your Own Astrologer – live class starts January 13, 2021.

Have fun learning more about astrology than you thought possible. In Be Your Own Astrologer, we’re going to focus on teaching you a practical, systematic, method of chart interpretation you can use to deepen your understanding of your own natal horoscope. And then apply to any other birth chart.

This class is for “beginning intermediate” students of astrology who know some – or many – of the basic concepts of chart interpretation but want to develop confidence and mastery in putting it all together.

I’ve trained dozens of astrologers and healers who use astrology in their work with clients and in this 12-week course I’ll help you hone your astrology skills, deepen your understanding of how astrology works, and teach you to filter out the noise and tune in what’s essential.

You do need to have some core astrology concepts under your belt, because we’re going to cover a lot of ground in this course. Ideally, you already have an idea of what the signs, the houses and the planets symbolize. You know that astrology uses aspects like conjunctions, squares, trines and oppositions to indicate how different planets in the chart relate to one another.

Class Details

  • Classes start on January 13, 2021 and continue for 12 weeks.
  • Classes will be held weekly on Wednesdays at 3 pm Eastern / noon Pacific on Zoom video.
  • Classes will be one hour in length and are divided into two segments: lesson and discussion.
  • Each lesson will be recorded; participants will have perpetual access to the video and audio-only lessons.

What YOu’ll Learn

This course is divided into three four-week sections, starting with the basic building blocks of astrology and building to a focus on synthesizing what you know and putting it all together to do actual chart interpretation. Continue reading

Wake Up! 2020 Astrology

This Is the Time We’ve Been Waiting For

Are you ready?

I do pretty much all of my astrology writing and video-making over at my new spiritual creative community, Cosmic Fire. But for those of you just discovering my work, here’s a primer on the 2020 Great Awakening featuring some of my videos and podcast interviews.

January: Where This Is All Heading and What That Means for You

In January, my friend Corin Grillo (author of The Angel Experiment) invited me to her monthly Inner Sanctum group to look at the year ahead:

DK Brainard astrologer 2020 predictions

It is still a year with tremendous power for those who are focused and committed to the path of their highest good. And, it’s seriously time to wake up to the reality of the Matrix and the fact that you absolutely cannot be pursuing Matrix-level goals and expect a good outcome. Going forward, the only security is in aligning with our highest selves and purpose and connecting with likeminded community: You must learn discernment!! The mainstream media (and a lot of well-meaning people who are totally stuck in Matrix programming) are blasting huge waves of fear and misinformation designed to keep you from acting on your own inner guidance. You can’t afford to trust any perceived or self-styled authorities any more.

Question everything.

March: Jupiter-Pluto in Capricorn – Global Lockdown

On March 14, I predicted the possibility of martial law being enacted in the U.S. that week, as Mars was about to make conjunctions with both Jupiter and Pluto on March 20 and March 22. (The first of three Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions in 2020 would be exact on April 4).

This prediction popped out during our Cosmic Fire Sunday mastermind call as I was looking at the Mars-Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn. The video below is a one-minute excerpt (with charts) from that call. The second Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions happens on Monday, June 29.

April/May: Coronavirus and the USA’s Astrology in 2020 and Beyond

4TGV Corin Grillo Golden Vine podcast covid fear of death
Corin Grillo interviewed me on her Golden Vine podcast. We talked about why the American people – including so-called spiritual teachers and “woke people” are so ungodly terrified of death. And how the shamanic practice of befriending your death could change the world.

Celebrity psychic Laura Powers DK Brainard astrology of USA 2020

Celebrity psychic Laura Powers interviewed me about how we can work with the 2020 astrology to create a positive outcome for ourselves and the world.

June: Two Eclipses, Mercury Retrograde, and Jupiter-Pluto #2

The build-up to the first of three eclipses between June 5 and July 5 brought huge protests (as well as violence and massive property destruction) in many American cities.

I broke down all three eclipses in June and July – including connections to the pre-9/11 Cancer solar eclipse in 2011 in this video:

Reality Beyond the Matrix?

It’s hard to see much of a break in the intensity for the rest of the year. Mars will be retrograde in Aries in September and October, Mercury is retrograde in October, stationing direct on election day in the U.S. (shades of the 2000 election?) and then we have two more eclipses before the once-in-20-years Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius.

The parasitic forces of control, greed, violence and force that have oppressed humanity for thousands of years are doubling down in 2020. They know this could be the end of the line and they are engaging (via their human hosts in the mainstream media, deep state, politics, and corporate-financial systems) in all-out psychological warfare on the people.

That sucks. And, this our chance to make a prison break and restore this beautiful planet to her true Reality of love, art, beauty and fairness for all.

We can’t do it alone and we can’t do it halfway. You’re either waking up or you’re choosing to stay tethered to the Matrix wheel of karma. For those of you who are choosing the red pill option, I invite you to check out our online community of artists, visionaries, healers, and makers  at CosmicFire.org.

My partner Phoenix and I are doing a series of four community circle calls free for Cosmic Fire members during eclipse season. (During last summer’s eclipse season, we offered a similar series of calls for $99/month.)

You can join us for a monthly donation of as little as $11 (and we have scholarships for people who really can’t come up with $11 – apply within). All members of our community get access to the eclipse season calls, to our private (no ads, no spies, no trolls) forum, to our library of meditations and spiritual teachings, and more. No contracts, no obligations (other than walking in integrity), no bullshit – you can stay for a month or stay forever.

Pisces New Moon + Erin Aquarian Interview

Bringing Heaven to Earth

When you think of Pisces, “real world” is probably not the first phrase that comes to mind. Pisces is all about feeling, imagining, and dreaming – the stuff that music, movies, and visual art are made of.

But the Pisces New Moon (4 Pisces 29) that arrives on Sunday, February 23 at 10:32 am EST makes strong positive connections to Mars in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus, two action planets in Earth signs.

Appropriately, the Omega symbol for the New Moon degree talks about bringing heaven down to earth. The Omega symbol indicates we can improve upon reality by using our imagination to visualize and connect with better potentials; by grounding ourselves to the Earth, we then channel these higher cosmic energies into material reality.

Phoenix and I talk more about the astrology of the Pisces lunar cycle (and how Mercury Retrograde in Pisces is affecting things) on Episode 2 of the Cosmic Fire Podcast.

Healing Trauma with the Tarot

Plus, radical visionary artist and full-time witch Erin Aquarian joins us to talk about her twelve-year journey with the Tarot. Like so many of us, Erin woke up in adulthood to realize that she wasn’t who she thought she was.

Erin talks about how the Tarot helped her deal with a legacy of trauma that she inherited both from her family of origin and from the systemic abuse rampant in our society for many centuries.

She talks about how the Tarot archetypes gave her the wisdom and guidance her elders couldn’t give, and how the Tarot continues to support her creativity and her personal mastery work.

You can listen here:

Healing Trauma with the Tarot: An Interview with Erin Aquarian | Cosmic Fire Podcast

Leo Full Moon + Brand New Podcast

Reclaiming Our Inner Divinity

Hey! I wanted to let you know that I have a brand new podcast. In Episode 1, Phoenix and I explain why we’re using “code names” for the new project, talk about how those of us on the front lines of the spiritual-and-creative “Pleasure Revolution” have been facing so much resistance (including crazy tech issues) and look at why it’s so important to claim our inner royalty in these times.

Here’s a one-minute excerpt or listen to the full episode here:


CosmiC, Fire & You

(My college roommate came from a Greek family in Detroit. He had this ratty old t-shirt that read: “Gyros, Saganaki + You”)

As mentioned in the previous post, I’m going to continue to host my astrology readings and personal coaching pages here at dkbrainard.com. But cosmicfire.org is going to be the new home for a lot of my blog writing, astrology writing and videos, podcasts, and more.

We are building an awesome community of artists, healers, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. A lot of the blog and video content as well as the podcast are free for everyone, so check it out. And, if you’re ready to help take down the corrupt system of the world and replace predatory capitalism and “give a guy a badge” patriarchy with a reality that works for everyone….

Well, we’re looking for people like you to ride with us. We are a revolutionary movement of artistic mutants, compassionate businesswomen, take-no-prisoners healing arts practitioners, benevolent witches, tarot readers, astrologers, and dreamers with the audacity to believe that we really are the Ones that the world has been waiting for. Peace!

What Does It Mean to Go Beyond Mind?

A rare Quantum Leap Opportunity

Beyond Mind The Next GenerationSeptember 18 – December 2

With Jupiter whipping through his home sign of Sagittarius between now and Dec. 2, 2019, this Fall is a rare opportunity to radically expand your awareness and lay the foundation for prosperity and success in the turbulent years to come.

Introducing: Beyond Mind

Tatiana Sakurai and I are launching a new coaching intensive / experiment in group consciousness called Beyond Mind: The Next Generation. The first three-month leg of our journey together starts Thursday, Sept. 26 and runs through the Winter Solstice.

Who Is Beyond Mind For?

Beyond Mind: The Next Generation is for you if:

  • You have a dream. You have a persistent vision of what your real life feels like and you’re tired of trying to manifest it.
  • You’re willing (or at least willing to be willing!) to do whatever it takes to develop an unshakeable faith in your own inner knowing.
  • You’re sick of thinking, scheming, bargaining, worrying, and trying to work your way to inner peace and outer success.
  • You’re ready to move from the 3D world of thinking and ego into the 5D reality of direct knowing.

Why Us?

Because we’ve done it. We’ve demonstrated that dreams do come true. Not through ceaseless striving or self-sacrifice but simply by surrendering the egoic mind and making the radical decision to always trust your inner guidance.

The ego – the rational, thinking mind – is the enforcer of 3D reality. We are entering a new world era in 2020 where the old ways don’t work anymore.  When you are truly embodied, you don’t have to think about what to do next because your body always knows what is best for you.

This is the quantum leap from 3D to 5D reality.

We will be teaching you a structured, scalable system of lightworker tools and practices in a safe, inclusive space, including:

  • Applying spiritual truths to daily life
  • Learning to trust your inner guidance and follow it, no matter what
  • Clearing negative ancestral and family patterns and limiting beliefs
  • Healing trauma
  • Identifying and clearing the energy of psychic attack and influence
  • The power of connecting with your inner child
  • Letting go of toxic relationships and playing small

Why Now?

Jupiter favors the bold – those who are willing to dare greatly – and with the hardcore astrology of 2020 looming, this truly is the time to go ALL IN with your spiritual practices and creating the life and the world you want to live in.

In addition, Saturn stationed direct in his home sign of Capricorn on September 18. Saturn direct gives us the clarity and patience to channel Jupiter’s visionary exuberance into structures that will stand the test of time.

In other words: this is the time to stop talking about what you want to do with your life and start doing it. The Saturn-Pluto conjunction and generation-defining Great Conjunction of 2020 are calling us to step up, reclaim our power, and radically reshape our world.

Are you ready? Join us (and learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity) on my Beyond Mind: The Next Generation page.

We don’t want you waking up in September 2020 to find this card in your mailbox!