As time passes, most Americans look to the present and to the immediate future. I was given the opportunity to have a look at what the future holds for the country not just for the next 5 years, but quite possibly for the next 25 years.
As part of our service, Concierge Tours provides class visitations. I had the pleasure of visiting a third-grade class at Public School 165 in Flushing, New York. Principal Tiffany Davis-Nealy heads this diverse group of White, Asian, African American and Hispanic students to one of the best Primary Schools in the Borough of Queens.
Third grade teacher Rina Walter has been teaching at PS 165 for almost 30 years and instructs classes that can contain 30 or more students. The dynamics of her class represent the entire school. Many of Mrs. Walter’s students are the first generation to be born in this country.
Over the last few months, the country had been hearing about the presidential election in almost every news cycle. The students of this third-grade class began to ask questions that many adults had also been asking. One of the biggest responsibilities we have to young students, is to accurately answer the questions when we are asked, “Why?”
These talented third graders were like sponges. When provided some information, they wanted more. When told a story about Francis Scott Key and why he was inspired to compose what would be our National Anthem, will now have these students singing the Star-Spangled Banner with more reverence. When told about the creation of Washington, DC and the monuments and sights there today, I’m certain that a trip to our nation’s capital will be at the top of their list of destinations to visit.
We need to keep answering questions and challenging young students to learn as much as they can. This will allow the adults of today to rest assured that the future will be in capable hands. At the end of my visit, Ben, a very talented young man informed me that someday he will be President of the United States. How’s that for setting your sights high?
Concierge Tours is happy to visit schools and provide information about Washington, DC and our history. If you are planning to visit Washington, DC, book a personal tour with Concierge Tours. Visit our website at conciergetoursdc.com or call at 202-997-7861. We look forward to serving you.