With each new technology we have pluses and minuses. It saddens me that teenagers are using the social media for criminal and destructive purposes. The slash and flash targeting of all night stores by mostly teenage girls, converging en masse to steal from them, is disturbing. We should be wise enough to counter these events and to use the power of social media for the benefit of young people.
It still takes a village to raise a child. By that I mean a culture must honor and reward the concept of education. For most of our history we have been an optimistic society that believes the younger generation will be better off than the current generation.
So let us begin anew – remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.
Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.
And if a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion, let both sides join in creating a new endeavor, not a new balance of power, but a new world of law, where the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved.
Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. (Excerpts from John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s inaugural speech as the 35th President of the United States, January 20, 1961.)
We need to rekindle in our country this hope for all our children, a culture that believes anything is possible and that the next generation will be better and that the future belongs to our children. We are as a culture obligated to create a better world of achievement for every child. Our public schools must be shining doorways of opportunity for ALL children. Let us commit ourselves to a reality of no child left behind. Let all within our communities dedicate themselves to a better world of opportunity for ALL. Every child deserves the support and backing of the total community. If we fail our children there is no greater future for us as a people.
Let us create schools for the 21st Century and throw off the burdens of a 19th Century system. Education of our children is a responsibility for all members of our society. Let us have a system worthy of the digital age.
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