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Jesus Tavera, a fourth-year student enrolled in advanced placement courses, observed that it is not easy for low-income minority youth to escape the constraints of the inner city. According to the Chicago Tribune, eight out of 10 Chicago public school students qualify for free or subsidized lunches, often the barometer for district income levels.
OUR GENERATION expects instant gratification. Previous generations did not have instant access to informa- tion, nor the ability to commu- nicate with the same level of immediacy that the Internet, mobile phones and Blackberries give us today. This speed and re- sponsiveness have made us more unforgiving of delays and inef- ﬁciencies. But the flood of instant in- formation that comes with new technology has its risks. This is particularly true for issues that require a long-term approach— and that require the patience to be addressed step by step. Pre- serving our environment for future generations is one such issue. The world has already paid a high price for the way we have wasted global resources. It took us many decades—even centu- ries—to reach this point, and we will not be able to correct our mistakes overnight. In the same way, the young business leaders of my generation who want to do the right thing environmen- Farragut Career Academy’s debate team preparing for the next debate and their future in Chicago, October 2009. AQ0110_YOUTH_90_99_12.indd Sec4:90 1/25/10 6:50:06 AM VOICES FROM THE NEW THE GENERATION DEBATERS Farragut Career Academy HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE TEAM CHICAGO, ILLINOIS “i UNITED STATES people walk- BET THERE WERE ing around in the Bible complaining about kids today,” gripes Roger Sterling, an advertising exec- utive in the popular U.S. TV series, “Mad Men.” It was a rare moment of truth-tell- ing from one of the show’s most pompous, chauvinistic characters. Young people in the United States are indeed often spoiled, disengaged and self-centered. But we, members of a studen
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