With a lot of overheated rhetoric about education, I find myself pondering what I can do. One answer involves mentoring and encouragement of Idaho schoolchildren. Regardless of gender or age or ethnicity, I want all of Idaho’s (let’s make that all of America’s) kids to succeed at school and go on to rewarding and challenging careers. It is clear to me that the most powerful competitive advantages the USA holds include innovation, creativity and deploying technology for future products. Americans do this better than anyone else.
This starts with educated and motivated and curious young professionals. And this is where that mentoring challenge comes in. I will seek to fire up students I encounter. To take that competitive fire often found in sports and apply it to grades and academic achievements. To be consistently curious and to be fearless in embracing the future. To serve their communities. To win in competitive marketplaces. To strive for excellence and to love what they do for a living. Let’s do what we can to help all kids be successful in school. And to enable progress and success and prosperity for our nation in the future.
John Lodal, Boise