However several other students reminded them and me that there is something of which to be optimistic. This is a country that allows you to disagree with your leaders. This is a country that allows us to change our leaders. This is still the country that leads the world in technology. This is still a country that encourages education for the masses and not the select few. This is still a country that has millions of people willing to join the armed forces to defend the nation. This is the country that has emerged from a civil war, a great depression, and 9/11 to come out stronger in the end.
It seems that the nation is also feeling like many of my earlier students who had a difficult time being optimistic.
Six in 10 people said they would defeat and replace every member of Congress if they could, including their own, a warning to members of both parties just a year before the midterm elections.Fewer people seem willing to sign up for military duty as a 2011 survey concludes:
At any given time in the past decade, less than 1 percent of the American population has been on active military duty, compared with 9 percent of Americans who were in uniform in World War II.Despite all of the signs of frustration, I am optimistic because I get a chance to work with some fine students. Students that remind me every day about the ability of grace toward others, students that remind me that despite facing a challenge you can face it head on, and students that may have failings at time, but hopefully will grow out of it in the years left with school. On good days I can remember that, and I bad days I may focus on the negative, but in the end there are more good days than bad days.