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Arne Duncan tells Foothill grads 'to be shape-shifters'

Original post made on Jun 28, 2010

Foothill College graduates will need to be "shape shifters" to thrive in the global economy of the 21st century, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told the graduates Friday at the college's 50th commencement ceremony.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 28, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Arne Duncan tells Foothill grads "to be sociopaths" ought to be the headline. In our social contemporary context "Shape-shifter" is code for sociopath, a meaning that is far from that ascribed to the ancient Greek sea god Proteus. Arne Duncan is correct, to "succeed" in a labor market [including market beliefs], corporations, and economy that is without "moral compass" or conscience, you better be able to lose yourself and do whatever takes to win. Unfortunately for our society, we paradoxically go without recognition that the more we enact these forms of sociopathic behavior, the more sclerosed [hardened in attitude, less flexible, less versatile, and less adaptive] we become.

Continuing along this line of "thought" we have a Foothill College faculty member who's best show of parting wisdom is: "Dress up, show up and participate." This would be laughable in itself but continued with ""Market yourself well; be on time; look your best. Network yourself without apology" and "Avoid losers. Losers have the toxic ability to bring you down, and never go there" [how as a society do we address, define and remedy the issue of "losers?]. To a graduating college audience, not only is this laughable, its insulting.

Also with glaring omission from this litany of non-sense, is there any mention of cultivating generosity, helping others, contributing to our society, becoming a better person, striving to be an exemplar for the generations that follow, building a better world, and being ethical or moral. So, no mention of cultivating the qualities it takes to be an informed and participating GOOD citizen in our society.

I applaud the four protesters who had enough courage and conscience to speak out about those selected by the school district to speak at the graduation ceremony. It seems something has gone terribly wrong with our school system(s); there must have been a shift from education to instruction [i.e. programing] somewhere in our recent history... very disappointing!!!

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Posted by Big Al
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Well put Steve.

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Posted by Joe Blow
a resident of Gemello
on Jun 29, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Wouldn't it be the 51st commencement if the first was in 1960? People often get this wrong because they simply subtract years without thinking it through.

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Posted by George
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jul 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Jeeze Steve.. . get a friggen life... and for the four or so "Protestors".... must have been a slow nite at AMC...
These kids (and they are kids, 'cept for some that never made it before, get your butts in gear, get that job, dress well, act well, leave the pot and b.s. behind and get to work.
Grow up.. spend a couple of good years in the military, the Peace Corp (corpse as pronounced by our socialist leader) and do well... My best wishes for your future years.... I love you all.


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