Tuesday, January 16, 2007

"Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future."

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)


Blogger puggimer said...

This quote is dangerous for me right now - jokes about strip mining kiddies and explotation of the natural resources are my first and immediate reaction.

Having raised four children of my own (at least to teenagers) this also kind of scares me - if our future is in the hands of kids with so little common sense as mine. How they can ever be so smart and stupid at the same time amazes me.

Of course I was never like that :-)

10:59 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

When we talked about this one in the classroom this morning it was very interesting that almost all of the students interpreted this to be about parenting responsibilities. I took it completely differently.

I think that that each generation sees things "wrong" with the system, the government, life, whatever and thinks that they have all of the answers right up until it IS their turn and then they probably realize that things are not quite as simple as they appeared way back when they were teenagers and had ALL the answers.

But the reality is that the teenagers of today will be running the world in another 20-30 years. Maybe they will leave things better than they found it; I certainly hope that they do.

If I think about this one too carefully and I look at my twin boys at home (17 years old) then I, too, would be scared! They have moments of brilliance and beauty but they also have hours (and days and months) of discord, confusion, and impulsivity. What will they be like in 20 years? What will the world be like? What will the next generation do with what they inherit?

I wait with both trepidation and wonder.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

This is a very simple quote and yet a very powerful one... One which is so very true! Children... treasures of our society.

2:49 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

The PEACE MAKERS shall be called the children... ...

And the children shall lead them ...

They'll figure out what has NOT been working & I've faith that when mature, will attempt to call for change, accordingly.

4:32 AM  
Blogger puggimer said...

What I don't know is did our parents see us the same way we see our children now? Were we as clueless teenagers as we have raised? I don't feel I was, but then I don't think they do either.

8:16 AM  

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