Walton High School - Periwinkle Yearbook (Bronx, NY)

 - Class of 1935

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us that our government will always be "of the people, by the people, and for the people." We have learned in Walton the purpose and functions of democ- racy, because our school has student government. We have seen how successfully democracy can work out and, therefore, our generation will be fully equipped to maintain and promote democracy. We Americans have a firm belief in public education. No other country invests so much money in its schools as does the United States. ln every state of the Union we find public schools, and high schools, open free for every child. Some states support free or low cost edu- cation in colleges and in universities for their young men and young women. New York City offers free education to its children from kin- dergarten through college. Can it be doubted that these thousands of young people, who owe their training for earning a living, their intro- duction to the cultural treasures of the world, and their capacity for analysis and judgment to an educational system rooted in the principles of democracy, will carry on those traditions? Education gives us a broader and deeper view of life and prepares us to meet it intelligenty and overcome its crushing problems. Arthur' Christopher Benson in his poem "Land of l-lope and Glory," gives us a picture of what the United States stands for: Dear Land of Hope, thy hope is crownedg Cod made thee mightier yet! On Sov'ran brows, beloved, renowned, once more thy crown is set. Thine equal laws, by freedom gained, Have ruled thee well and long. By freedom gained, by truth maintained, Thine Empire shall be strong. With all my heart l wish to thank Miss Conlon, our parents, and our teachers for instilling in us the courage and confidence that we must possess in order to solve the problems that face our generationm We pledge our loyalty to Walton by carrying out faithfully and sincerely our life work, by translating into action in the adult world ,the high ideals we have learned in Walton and by living the kind of lives that Walton girls cherish. JEANETTE l-IAUSNER 'fi

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of peoples from every corner of the earth. Some came to escape per- secution, some to improve their economic condition, and some to avoid military service. Many of them came first to New York, and as they entered the harbor, they perceived the great Statue of Liberty with her torch upraised, signifying freedom. These immigrants were of many races and spoke many languages They were not used to free government, but their children went to the public schools, learned to speak English, and even attended high school and college. ln Europe they would not have had the opportunity to become educated, but would have been compelled to remain laborers for small wages all their lives. We may pride ourselves on the fact that this country encourages every boy and girl to rise as high as his or her ability will permit. So you see that democracy is not just a whim or the policy of one individual or of a group of men, but the natural evolution of a series of economic changes in the history of the world. Then why is it that democracy seems to have fallen from the high prestige that it had at the time of the armistice? Why is it that nation after nation has turned with evident satisfaction to dictatorship? There is an answer to all these questions, the one word-"Depres- sion." But any government or form of government under whose regime disaster falls, is likely to be looked upon as falsified power, until another disaster comes in different guise. We must realize that at present our country is in an abnormal state. Therefore, to judge democracy in the light of these irregularities would be unfair. On the other hand, if we disregard present conditions and judge democracy on the basis of its stable growth throughout the ages, there is no reason why it can not be perpetuated. Democracy is not on the decline but rather is suffering from a tem- porary relapse because of depressing conditions prevalent throughout the world today. l firmly believe that under the able leadership of our President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, democracy will safely weather the storm of criticism which is threatening it. This, coupled with the cooperation of the various representatives of the people, and the strong nationalistic spirit of the people themselves, goes far towards assuring



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The Door is Qpen We have come to the crossroads, no longer are we children. Still in that in-between stage of adolescence, we are: soon to begin the diffi- cult task of growing up. Definitely, now, we must decide where we are going. Are we planning to open the door of life boldly, or are we to push it ajar timidly? What is it that is needed in the world of today? Let us analyze what it is that we desire most. We are the symbol of the coming generation, and so we shall be the determining factors in the approaching era. Tolerance and understanding above all are to be sought for. The reason for this is self-evident. Conventions have been upset, monarchs overthrown, governments wrecked, the lives of millions torn asunder. World conditions are in a turmoil. Countries undermine the reputations of their neighbors and seek to perpetrate alliances that they know will disturb world peace. Why, we ask, the everlasting why? The question is not unanswerable. Were these nations not so sel- fishly egocentric, did they but attempt to bridge the gap caused by different customs with tolerance, history would present a different aspect. There is no need in this instance for history to repeat itself. We of the younger generation should look with clear eyes into the future and endeavor to assist world peace and internationalism by understand- ing. This question cannot be ignored. lt is pertinent and must be faced with courage. Although we may not sway world policies, we can create a spirit of open-mindedness within our own sphere. Let us not shirk that responsibility. Let us be strong and brave so that we may be able to shape our destinies as we have planned them in our dreams. 'The door of life stands before us. Let us push it open bravely. .FLORA CJNSBURC.

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