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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
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.
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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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