Will our children be prepared for the challenge of leading the nation?

The following has been a common generational debate through the annals of time: as young adults – will our children be prepared  for the challenge of leading the nation?  As we are entangled in a year of presidential decision, this debate is intensified. Two great historical thinkers starkly disagree.

“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.” ― Socrates (469 BC – 399 BC)

“The future of the Republic is in good hands of the next generations.” ― Joseph Pulitzer (1847 – 1911)

The Eastview Debate and Speech program fosters a deep engagement of knowledge as well as mature, articulate and worldly analysis. Recently a sampling of this nationally successful program partnered with our regional media and clearly demonstrated their leadership abilities and influence (select the Grading the Debate icon to hear more).

Our students are also influenced by strong assertive individuals who engage in non-traditional educational paths that pave the way to support our economy, spur job creation and support our technology driven economy. Eastview students Gabriella Knight and Sifora Tek-Lab are seen below on KARE 11 News promoting the Thomson Reuters and Advanced IT MN 2012 Aspirations Award. This awards celebrates involvement and achievement in the area of technology. See the below KARE 11 feature video. 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
-Margaret Mead

The 2150 students of which Eastview educators have the pleasure to connect with each day: artists, performers and athletes, your daughters and sons, nieces and nephews, grandsons and granddaughters provide us with great confidence to align our support with Joseph Pulitzer and his premise that “… the Republic is in good hands.” Be it the deep understanding of national and world events, personal commitment to solving complex technological problems, overwhelming work ethic or compassionately serving those less fortunate – our scholars (your children) will make a powerful and positive impact on our future.

YES, I BELIEVE as Joseph Pulitzer and Eric Greenberg, “The future of the Republic is in good hands of the next generations. And Eastview Scholars, with the support of the Eastview Learning Community – Will Lead the Way!
-Dr. Randall Peterson

Our current teens are a special generation, potentially the greatest generation ever. They are not pessimistic or vengeful. Rather, they are sober in their view of the world. They believe in technology and know they can innovate themselves out of the mess they are inheriting. They believe in entrepreneurship and collective action, and that each person can make a difference. They are about plenitude, and they reject cruelty. They are spiritual, responsible, tolerant, and in many ways more mature than their predecessor generations. They reject punditry and bickering, because they are post-partisan, post-ideological, and post-political. Most important, they believe in the greater good and are ready to dedicate themselves to achieving it.

– Eric Greenberg (Author, Generation We)

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