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Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

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My friends Paul Kedrosky and Fred Wilson both showed up on WallStrip interviews this week.  Lindsey interviewed Paul and got to ask about why people punch him in the face and Fred talked with Howard about the “Fuck You Phone.” 

While Bijan didn’t make WallStrip this week, he did notice that 50 students at Boulder High walked out during the pledge of allegiance this week. It was that whole “one nation, under God” thing that doesn’t really work that well in a public school, especially in the people’s republic of Boulder.  Praise to the kids for being independent and critical thinkers.

To finish off our Saturday morning “ok – I just caught up on reading my blog posts from the week” I point you to the Union Square Sessions 3: Hacking Philanthropy.  I wasn’t there, but Fred and Brad got about 45 people together to discuss how web technology can be used to hack philanthropy.  I’m anxiously awaiting the transcript.

Oh – and the Red Sox won their pennant race.  Even John Kerry seemed focused on this when I met with him in Denver with a handful of other folks yesterday to discuss the carried interest tax debate.

  • Blake

    You’ll most likely look at this with a typical smug smile but it is absolutely disgusting that you are praising the 50 KIDS of Boulder that walked out of class. What happened to teaching kids to respect our culture and the authority figures within the school. These are the kids of the future that will throw a pie at a conservative speaker but cheer a terrorist dictator espousing beliefs that the Holocaust is a hoax. Your comments teach kids that disrespect is the same as critical thinking. Before you proceed with your smug chuckle, answer this: Am I representing independence and critical thought with this comment?

  • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

    Blake – you are welcome to your opinion. That said, I’d assert that it is pretty difficult to recite the pledge of allegiance if you either (a) don’t believe in god OR (b) strongly believe in the separation of church and state. The default is just to say it – that’s most definitely not critical thinking if you fit into (a) or (b) above.

    I also don’t believe your assertion that this is a fundamentally disrespectful position for the high school students to take. Nor apparently – does the principal based on his comment to the newspaper – Principal Bud Jenkins told the Camera newspaper on its Web site Thursday the pledge will not be moved, but added he was proud of the students for standing up for their beliefs.

  • tom

    god doesn’t have a church that I know of. Maybe critical thinking would see it in more of a universal, light, whatever your god or higher power or nature might be. rather than some dogma presented by some organization.

  • Bobby

    I dunno — adolescence is all about disrespect, kind of goes with the territory. So, I wouldn’t necessarily jump all over them, nor would I call them critical thinkers.

    Critical thinking might have caused them to wonder if the Declaration of Independence was also worthy of disrespect due to the passing mention of God.

    I don’t know Principal Bud Jenkins, or anything about him other than this off-hand comment, but I’m guesing he would not have been as admirable if some students walked out on, say, Ward Churchill or Hillary Clinton.

    Maybe he would. Or maybe we would cue the Violent Femmes: “I hope you know this will go down on your permanent record…”

  • http://www.garthwalker.com Garth

    Blake, what did our founding fathers have to say about “respect for authority”
    ?
    “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”
    -Benjamin Franklin
    “The freedom of Speech may be taken away, and, dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.”
    -George Washington
    “It is the people to whom all authority belongs”
    -Thomas Jefferson

    and remember The U.S. Supreme Court Decision in 1969 in Tinker vs. Des Moines which stated that students “do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

    Saying that this will somehow lead students to “cheer a terrorist dictator espousing beliefs that the Holocaust is a hoax.” is baseless and illogical and is exactly the type of fear-mongering that I would expect for Bill O’Reilly and certainly not from a critically thinking Patriotic American.

  • http://avc.blogs.com fred

    the first round of the most recent blackberry shootout on wallstrip required that we each type the pledge of allegiance on our blackberries and send to their exec assistant’s email address.

    i have forgotten the pledge of allegiance and my entire grade school experience but had the foresight to google it, cut and paste on my blackberry and thus made it to the second round where i was cheated out of my rightful place in the finals :)

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