I believe that children are our future
Did Whitney Houston Get it Right?
That’s the first line of Whitney Houston’s 1980’s power ballad “The Greatest Love of All.” Now since that point “children being our future” has been trotted out ad nauseam by politicians every time we make a new policy, particularly an education policy. The idea is that we must invest in our kids now in order to secure a happy, successful future for them as future contributors to our community. I do not wish to poo – poo this notion. Children will grow into adults and the investment we make in them will most certainly pay dividends in the future – what you put in is what you get out! The idea that our youth will grow into future adults though is hardly a stroke of genius – more a biological fact I would have thought.
What I would like to hear more about is not children being our future – but being our present. They are, in fact, valid for what and who they are right now. So what are we doing for them right now? Today.I ask you to think about the world right now without children and young people. They don’t exist. We are all born adults. Imagine your days without any kids or young people on the planet.I for one can’t imagine such a world – it would be devoid of so many amazing things that we take for granted – and I suppose that’s my point – we can easily take the contributions that children make to our lives in the present for granted. It seems to me that this is often the way we treat children politically – as tomorrow’s adults- now while I clearly believe we do need to look after our children’s dreams for the future it should not be with the sense that their lives in the present are not important in their own right.
If we’re serious about giving to children in the present, we might need to occasionally separate our treatment of their future from their present just for a little while – imagine we only have the gift of our kids for a year and think about if we are giving the present its due.
I do believe that children are our future but I also believe that children are our present. And this present is to be enjoyed and nurtured and loved today not just for what it will become tomorrow but for who and what it is today.Thank a child or young person today for how they make your life better in the present!