We are inviting people to give a personal response to the question:
A National Strategic Narrative — What’s in it for Me?
We are looking for people to express, in a sentence or two, what they personally find powerful about the narrative. Please respond using the comment box. We will post the replies on this page.
Amy Bonanno, February 17, 2015
As an invigorating call to action, I find hope in the National Strategic Narrative. In New York State we’re dealing with corrupted politicians at an all-time high, with news stories and editorials about their illegal activities on an almost daily basis. The NSN reminds us to be truthful, hopeful, credible, and a force to be reckoned with as we advance toward healthier, more promising options to make our world better for ourselves and for our children.
Patrick Cahill, February 9, 2015
As a member of the millennial generation, I’ve read and agreed with authors who cite my generation’s somewhat unique preference for meaning and purpose in our lives versus simple attainment of material wealth and status. I believe it’s not that we’re inherently more altruistic or selfless than past generations but simply that, in our increasingly complex world, we haven’t been given as clear of a big challenge to tackle. Our grandparents’ generation is known for defeating hateful and destructive ideologies abroad and our parents’ is known for breaking down barriers and expanding freedoms at home. Until now, my generation has not had our great cause laid out in one document. We haven’t known what future generations will look back on us with gratitude for, and that causes a certain existential angst. Impressive in its scope, A National Strategic Narrative is finally that grand road map for the work that lies ahead of us.
Brian P. Ravert January 23, 2014
I see the narrative as a platform through which collaboration can become possible to provide our citizens with the knowledge of what it means to be an American, what it means to be a member of our democratic form of government and how we are obliged to participate so that our way of life will continue well beyond my lifetime. It gives my grandchildren a future. But to accomplish that we have to recognize each of the investment priorities outlined in the document by its authors. I think the narrative provides a framework that would reinvigorate citizenship. The first investment priority of course, is especially important to me.
James Holbrook January 21, 2014
I am depressed and angry at the partisan gridlock in Washington, DC. Fortunately, however, the National Strategic Narrative points to a new path forward for our nation. The Narrative shows how Americans’ true appreciation of smart growth at home, credible influence abroad, important domestic interdependencies, and converging international interests could help us overcome our partisan differences and unite around a New American Dream in a New American Century.
Shannon Sullivan-Hanson January 19, 2014
For me, the Narrative has been a huge wake up call in realizing that: action, progress, change, work, starts with me. I am more of an introvert, so speaking up and contributing ideas was really scary. I feel like I got a dose of confidence after listening to the presentation at the National Rural Assembly a few years back. I had a right and duty to be an active citizen. Now, a few major community projects under my belt, I feel empowered . I can clearly see how ideas, followed up with action, can turn into reality.
The Narrative has two powerful messages for educators:
(1) It invites educators to become active partners in a new 21stCentury educational agenda for the achievement of key National Goals –to be “Where History Is Happening” instead of on the sidelines as a service and
(2) It stresses the importance of a greater national investment in support of education’s role in this agenda.
Owen Casas January 13, 2014
A stronger, more prosperous and sustainable US, from now until long into the future.