Adult (adj.) From Latin adultus “grown up, mature, adult, ripe,” past participle of adolescere “grow up, mature”.
The word adult has taken on many different meanings today. The Wikipedia results cover the biological and legal aspects of the definition and there are also the psychological and developmental perspectives.
When it comes to decision making however, one would hope that the “adults” making those decision are, grown up and mature.
Mature: Timely, ripe.
This is another word that is difficult to place into human terms since humans develop independently within their environmental and social confines and therefore have a different understanding of what timely and/or ripe means.
Tavis Smiley spoke at RIT today and while one would expect the auditorium to be full, it was not.
Those who did not attend missed the most wonderful display of the gifts and talents that our children possess.
The event opened with three young ladies performing a poem, with the passion and emotion of an ancient and the discipline of a well rehearsed performance.
The young man that spoke in answer to Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech was not only eloquent in his verbal delivery but precisioned in his sign language skills as well.
An accomplished female opera singer was accompanied by an equally accomplished pianist.
These were all young people, gifted, talented, changing the world by exposing others to their ability to rise above racial and economic stereotypes because they possessed the education that allowed them to believe that they could achieve, that they had something to give.
Later, at East High School, Tavis Smiley hosted a two panel discussion with Rochester leaders from fifty years ago and future leaders of Rochester that included Sophie Gallivan, the student representative on the RCSD School Board.
A city school hosting an event with past and future leaders of Rochester and yet, School Board members were not visible, nor was the Superintendent.
Our children need our guidance into their future. When we are not there to support them, no matter who birthed them, we all fail.
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