If America’s Promise weathers away, then what will happen to our children? The American Promise infers if one works hard, avoids trouble with law enforcement and nurtures ones children properly, there will be many opportunities for one to be successful. Conversely, today we witness record high levels of children homelessness, public schools’ closings, the high school dropout crisis, childhood obesity, record teenage imprisonment, non-existent summer programs and jobs for children and the list goes on. However, all is not lost even with these terrible statistics, which are streamed across the airwaves every day, because Americans more than any other nation volunteer their time and skills to help uplift the communities where we live.
A “Giving USA” report states that American philanthropy has risen over 2 percent ($290 billion) in 2010 after two years of the steepest declines in history. Moreover, it’s also reported that the American Economy is on the rebound. Then why all the angst about what will happen to our children? I believe that as the global influence of China and India become more pronounced and their children appeared to be doing, academically, much better that ours, there should be reasonable concern for America’s children future. And, it didn’t help that our financial system was recently on the verge of collapse. America is known as the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” What happened to the “brave” notion? Where did we lose our way?
Here are some of my suggestions for sustaining the American Promise. We must teach our children to become opportunity seekers as opposed to entitlement seekers. Our children must be reminded of our history, all of it, not just the pleasant parts. That means they should develop an appetite for knowledge and become voracious readers. They must make it a priority to assist and seek guidance from the adults in their families. They must eliminate bad behavior and embrace healthy habits (such as praying, saving 20% of what they earn and eating nutritious foods). Most important, their quest should be to become productive members of our society.
America’s Promise is attainable in the United States, but to obtain it one must work both passionately and diligently. After all, globalization has brought more human beings into our daily lives. And, that’s not so bad if we learn how to engage them.