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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lost Generation

Here's a great video that I thought was very creative and relevant. Make sure you watch the whole video. I makes you think about how sometimes our greatest success lies within our reach but we just need to see it from the reverse direction.

This video vividly reminded me of a teacher in High School that say how they can’t imagine the kid's these days leading the country. That was over 20 years ago.

Since that time, I, along with many others from my generation, we have embraced our destiny.

Since that time, we refused to fall into that negative, cynical, aloof attitude of this former teacher that can poison our thoughts and actions.

Since that time, we have continued to grow, train, and educate ourselves to prevalent in the face of any and all challenges.

Since that time, our school has become a beacon of our community by proliferating Random Act of Kindness and act of Environmental Self-defense. Our students have sponsored a child in the Philippines through Pearl S. Buck International. We have given away thousands of seedlings to the community to support TreeVitalize. This year, we are sponsoring an Earth Hour event and looking into partnering with the Borough on a community service project. Along with the many individual community service projects that our students have performed.

Since that time, I decided to never share this teacher's view of successive generations passing through our dojo doors.

Instead we are reminded like the video of the reverse view of children today…
I SEE the limitless potential of today's youth. I UNDERSTAND that our student’s energy is a tremendous resource, we can harness towards a greater good. I REMAIN FAITHFUL to the ideas and ideals that have built former generations.

Our school stands for ideals like John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” We demonstrate it not in words but in the actions we take in our communities.

One last thing…

We can not afford to accept my former teacher’s view. As educators, we have a solemn duty and obligation to arouse a vision in our children that is greater than they have for themselves.

The lost generation... I think not!

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