As grown-ups, we forget the power that we have to influence the adolescents that look up to us. We sit behind our televisions or computers and complain about the state of young America. However, we rarely lift a finger to change the existing condition or make a real difference.
Like the colorful and constant noise of summer fireworks, advice for college first-years has begun exploding from all directions. Celebrations are mixed with a nervous excitement that will not be matched or replicated ever again.
Since American history is generally a requirement for graduation why not take the opportunity to make this standard eleventh or twelfth grade class more "relevant" by presenting it, at least in part, as the story of higher education?