Academic journal article Childhood Education

A President's Farewell. (President's Message)

Academic journal article Childhood Education

A President's Farewell. (President's Message)

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As my term as President of the Association for Childhood Education International draws to a close, I want to thank you, the membership, for giving me the opportunity to serve and represent you as President of this outstanding organization. These two years have seen some never-to-be-forgotten events that will affect our lives for years to come.

Two events stand out. On September 11, 2001, the world experienced an event of terrorism that continues to drive decisions at the United Nations and in countries throughout the world. The horror of terrorist attacks has continued in other places throughout the world. The other event occurred more recently with the breakup of the spaceship Columbia. The space program has changed many of our lives, as equipment and supplies that were originally developed for the astronauts have been adapted for items and devices used in our daily lives.

In thinking about these two events, I am struck by the opposing forces in our world. The space program, now shared with other nations of the world, works for the common good. The many scientific experiments will aid all of us, as will the ideas developed to aid the spaceship and crew. …

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