Letter: Optimism regained at Bow Elementary

Published: 2/26/2020 12:01:29 AM

Pessimism abounds in America. The billionaires control us. The candidates scream at us on a debate stage. Some politicians lie like a two-cent watch. And income inequality reaches new heights, intolerance abounds and hate groups flourish. Most of that is true. But it blinds us to some of the better things around.

I recently had the pleasure of being a judge at the Inventors’ Convention at Bow Elementary School, where more than a dozen third- and fourth-graders displayed their inventions and presented to the judges. Some of the ideas may have received too much help from parents; some seemed too fanciful and not practical; but several were simple and very practical and a few made me feel stupid they were so clever. The presentations ranged from those with nervous and whispered talk to a few that were as well done as those I heard from medical students and residents as a university medical school professor.

In the middle of us reviewing the displays, the school children entered – by the hundreds. They were well behaved, inquisitive, wanted to see the displays now but had to come back later, and when they did, they were excited. It was like a breath of fresh air.

Damn the pessimists! The parents and the school seem to be doing almost everything right, and the children’s behavior and their interest was exciting and uplifting. Everyone deserves credit, but the children, especially, make me optimistic about the future.



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