Recently, I was asked to speak at an event focusing on the future of our nation.While there are clearly many approaches one might take to developing such a speech, my approach followed from my long-standing career as an educator.
If you are a student of mine, I tell you that your job here is ultimately to leave a positive mark - and I never let my students forget that.
Attributes of Great Leaders So what kinds of attributes does one need to leave a positive mark on this world?
Societies knew early on that to survive knowledge and experiences must be passed on to future generations.
By passing on this knowledge people could take what others learned then build upon it.
Thinking of future generations is a relatively new concept - even past philosophers did not concern themselves with the concept of the future until fairly recently....
[tags: World population, Human, Population growth] - “It is wrong always, everywhere, and for everyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.” (Clifford 1877: 346) The notion of possible preventative actions from man-made catastrophes drives people to believe that we need to take obligations in creating a better life for future generations.One such example is of the man that invented the wheel.He probably never imagined that his idea would later become the means to assist man to soar high in the sky with the fowls of the air.[tags: Parent, Childhood, Developmental psychology] - Our Responsibilities to Future Generations I believe that we have several responsibilities towards future generations, including sustainable energy sources, managed resources, conservation, and to impart knowledge of environmental sustainability in a widespread way.I believe that must fulfill these obligations for the continuation of the human species survival in the future.Here is a short list: To my mind, these are the attributes that we must require of our leaders. And it is largely up to the teachers in our world to help cultivate these qualities in the next generation - for the good of us all.Bottom Line The future of our nation is less clear now than at any point that I can remember.To all the teachers out there, I say this: Thanks so much for all of your selfless effort on behalf of both our children as well as the greater good. ************ Happy spring holiday season to all the readers of Darwin’s Subterranean World! Acknowledgment: Many thanks to the Orange County Democratic Women for inspiring this post by asking me to speak at their event this weekend - the civic action shown by this group is simply exemplary./* Load GPT asynchronously */var googletag = googletag