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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."

— Hannah Poarch 

In today’s society, there is an overwhelming mood of laziness.  The new age that modern technology and innovations has brought has enabled society to become lackadaisical and idle.   As technologically advanced as the world as come, a drastic decrease in work ethic and thirst for knowledge has become apparent.  Society is like an old dog that can’t be taught new tricks and has no desire too as well.

            High Schools across the United States are currently dealing with an uncontrollable issue of problematic students.  A good number of students no longer wish to apply themselves to school or education.  “The System” and “The Man” do not understand them but contrary to their belief, they need this.  If indifferent students continue on this course, eventually they are going to find that their indifference has handicapped them.  They will not be able to function in society.  American futurist, Alvin Toffler quotes, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn,” and much of that is true because without the proper tools in this modern technologically advanced world-they will fail.  The illiterate now will become the illiterate of the future and the world will be plunged into darkness and hopelessness.

            Ultimately, Alvin Toffler is right.  People who have no desire to better and further themselves are only dragging down the future of the world.  This alarming decrease into unwanted knowledge will not be those who do not know how to read or write but those who seek to offer nothing.

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"Why the world needs me, specifically, to be a leader"

— Hannah Poarch 

Today’s world is in desperate need of help and guidance.  Society is falling into an abyss of misdirection and despair and is calling for a leader.  Everywhere people look, there are followers.  This generation is a follower as a whole.  Media and pop culture has dictated things that are acceptable and those that are not.  If one does not favor or acknowledge the accepted mainstream then they, unfortunately, represent a minority of disadvantaged, misfit souls.  Worldwide we need leaders but also locally and in individual lives.  While leading is important so is following.  The world cannot all be leaders but we need some.  The scale of leaders versus followers is seriously unbalanced.  No one has the courage to step up and lead but they are able to step back and follow.  

            In order for a team to work, they must be a unit.  However, someone needs to direct and influence everyone.  My job on my volleyball team is to be the libero.  The libero is like the goalie of a soccer team.  My job is to defend and not let anything touch the floor.  I am in the game almost whole time and am in charge of all defensive players.  In a diplomatic position, I have to regulate everyone but the setter.  It is a hard job but a rewarding job.  Without a libero that leads, no one would be able to function or adjust to the other team.  They also wouldn’t accurately play their position either.  It is important for me to be a leader on the team because without a leader or at least someone stepping up, the team suffers and myself.   If I have the tools  that equip me being a leader than I need to further myself and my team.

            Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” and leaders abide by this.  Instead of someone else changing the world, I wish to change and get the chance to lead.  Leaders are very much like the head dog on a mush team.  Like the saying goes, if you are not the lead dog than the view never changes.  The world needs to be changed and is in desperate need of a new view. Instead of sitting back and allowing the world to be at the mercy of those who are thrust into leadership without the adequate tools, those that can actually lead need to take charge.  I believe myself to be a leader and I believe in bettering the world.  A good leader is one that is level-headed and good.  I am a very grounded and moral person.  I strongly believe in goodness and right decisions.  Leadership is a privilege and a responsibility.

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"Why the world needs me, specifically, to be a leader"

Taylor Jordan

 The world today is in need of more leaders to lead today’s generation in the future. I have the opportunity to give back to the community and society by helping to lead people. The world is in need of leaders and I can help by being one. I have certain attributes that would allow me to lead and help better society. I have many qualities that make me a great choice as a leader.
        One of the things that makes me a very good leader is my ability to listen to others. I am able to take people’s advice and use it to help myself and my ideas. I don’t just ignore advice and I’m not stuck to my original idea. I am willing to take others advice to help me better my ideas or plans. This is very important because if a leader is not willing to listen to the others than they will not go far. A group will always defeat a single person that proves that a leader who listens to and takes the advice of others will always be more successful than the people who don’t listen to the people around them and just try to do it themselves. This will lead to a ill conceived idea that does not is not based off of multiple peoples views. 
      Another reason that the world needs me as a leader is that I am calm and do not panic. This is one of the most important attributes that a leader can have. If a leader panics under pressure then they will never be able to lead a group because the group looks to the leader for guidance and if the leader panics then so will everyone else. The leader has to set the example for the rest of the group. They look at the leader and follow their example so it is important that the leader sets a good example that the others can follow. I do not panic so this makes me a good leader because I set a good example for the others to follow. This is one of the most important attributes that a leader can have and this is what makes me good as a leader.
       In conclusion I have many attributes that make me a good leader. A leader is someone who people can look to and follow and I feel that I can be that. I have the needed attributes that are needed to be a leader. The world is in need of leaders to guide this generation and each leader needs to have certain attributes. Not everyone has these attributes to be a leader so you can’t expect everyone to be a leader. I feel that I have the required attributes like the ability to listen and calm. These things make me able to lead people and help the world in that way. By being a leader I can help our generation in being successful.

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"Why the world needs me, specifically, to be a leader"

Katherine Tatum
The world needs me, specifically, to be a leader because of the qualities I posses and my future ambitions. The world currently is lacking in motivational and vigorous leaders who have the ability to take charge and head people in a working direction. If these prominent figures were in substantial amounts countless suggestions and plans could become extremely viable. 
 
The initiative I take into any and every assignment I am given would make me compatible with any type of leadership position I am awarded. My personal character is the driving force behind the desire for myself to become someone who can make a difference. I am self-sufficient which means I do not rely strongly on the people around me to get where I need to go. Although, my self-sufficiency means I can do plenty of things alone that does not mean I do not take into account the opinions of others, which is what a quality leader does. My experience with all different age groups also gives me an advantage on the average leader. Having been an older and younger sibling I know what it is like to be at every end of the leadership totem pole. I know how to encourage and please kids as well as adults with the help of my current job where I come into contact with customers of all ages every day. Accordingly, my manager position has already established excellent principles of a good leader in my mind which I know will be an ongoing obligation in my future. 
 
With my prevailing fate in my hands I have the opportunity to embark on the next, and first, stage of adult life: college. In attempt to incorporate my leadership mentality into the future I have chosen, for the time being, to study biomedical engineering. This field requires not only someone who can excel in mathematics and science, but also have a “take charge” attitude and personality, which I own. This potential career will utilize my dominating attributes. I will have the opportunity to be at the front line of discovering new and far more advanced medical treatments to improve and save the lives of those needing help. This profession allows me to not only encourage myself when unmasking fresh technologies, but also the other workers around me. Accordingly, as any considerable leader would do, I would learn and keep learning from my peers, coworkers, and elders to become a top innovator in the science and medical field.
 
Ultimately, the qualities that I contain had the ability to influence the type of person I became. With my inclination to respectfully command others I have found that a leadership role, of any sort, will be an inevitable conclusion as my future pushes forward into one of the most monumental steps of my expected life.

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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."

Jordan Evans

The quote by Alvin Toffler is one that has much relevance and wisdom in the 21st century. My understanding of this quote is as follows. In the 21st century there is an assumption made in the modern world that everyone can read and write, and this is typically true. Illiteracy by the common definition no longer exists. There are very few people left in this world who cannot read or write.The issue now is quite different then it used to be. This modern era is characterized by change and lots of new information. People need to be able to learn massive amounts of new information and at the same time unlearn information that is may have once been truth to them. People who cannot cope with new information and rethinking old information will be lost in translation. Example, yesterday we thought the Earth was flat, you had to learn that it is round and unlearn the false information that it is flat. Before, illiteracy has always been people who have never learned the facts in the first place, but in the future it will be people who cannot accept facts that may differ from what they have been previously indoctrinated with. People must be able to learn new information throught their whole life in this century. This is the era of knowledge and if someone cannot handle all the new information being thrown at them and replace the old, false, information, they will be left behind and will not succeed.

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My Leadership Role

Johnny Rodgers

April, 2014

The world needs me to be a leader for many reasons.  Actually everyone is a leader in their own way.  It is said that one person can influence at least 250 others within their lifetime.  In a perfect world where there are no challenges and everything coerces, there is no leadership needed.  However, that is not the case; we have a plethora of challenges in the government and business sectors of the United States. We can lead/influence others by what we say and do and even by how we do it.  Today, leadership is not just restricted to the highest level positions in a firm or at a company.  Really any position can deal with leadership responsibilities.  In the world we live in today, there is a rather large shortage of truly great leaders who are confident, trustworthy, ethical and have set high standards for what they wish to achieve. 

     I see this world as having a lot of turbulence especially with foreign affairs at the moment.  The number of men and women that need to step up and take control as a leader is large and that number will only continue to rise in the future.  Leaders today often tend to be deceitful and frequently abuse their power.  Despite these aspects, we still need leaders in this world to guide us.  Life is difficult as it is and it presents its’ challenges each and every day.  Because of this, the population elects officials or leaders that make the decisions for the general public.  We rely on these leaders. They provide different viewpoints that broaden our narrow vision on issues.  I myself can give the world a vision of life itself.

The people need to be motivated and intrigued by this vision that presents their life filled with purpose.  People will begin to work hard and be efficient if they feel they are making a difference in the community or elsewhere. 

     In addition, our world needs our leadership because with poor leadership comes crippled businesses, down turning economies, and even the destruction of nations.  Leadership is a role that is bestowed upon and should be treated with absolute respect.  My leadership will help the betterment of those of whom I lead.  The world needs deep thinkers who are open to challenge, dialogue and debate.  To be successful, I will learn from events both positive and negative, listen to those who present a varying viewpoint, and act immediately without hesitation. 

     Furthermore, the world needs leaders who are persistent and do not back down.  No one wants to follow someone who looks timid and shy. There will eventually be resistance by some individuals. As long as I have a plan, I am sticking to it.  The world needs me as a leader because I am organized a make a plan beforehand, always strive to do my best on each and everything I do, as well as simply being ethical.  The leaders of this country are not currently strong in my opinion and I feel that having those attributes is why the world needs my leadership.

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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." Alvin Toffler

Johnny Rodgers

April, 2104

     Alvin Toffler once stated that “the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”  I do believe this statement is accurate because individuals within this century are constantly subjected to change.  One must be able to adapt to current culture.  The ability to read and write are skills that deal heavily with the abilities to learn and relearn.  With culture and technology changing at the expedited rate it is, learning is one of the most important aspects of life.  While certain things change, others become obsolete and we must unlearn them to make way for the new.  To ensure the best results and maintain intelligence, relearn things you have already mastered to keep a keen understanding of the particular subject.

      Throughout his years, Toffler became known as a futurist.  He expressed that a major part of society as we know it is the use of technology.  Computers, phones, radio, you name it; within the past several years, leaps and bounds have been made in every area.  The impact it has had is overwhelming to the mind.  Eventually, technology could become the very basis of life and society will not even need to have the ability to read and write.  Illiteracy will evolve into the form of whether or not one knows how to work and manage this technology.  Alvin Toffler was correct in his assumption that in the future, illiteracy will not be judged on the fact one knows how to read or write but rather on the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn.

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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." Alvin Toffler

Leo Orantes

April, 2014

Literacy is defined as the ability to read and write, and in the 20th century illiteracy rates were falling.  Which caused American futurist, Alvin Toffler “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”  In the 21st century most Americans are literate.  Our “literacy” is the ability to unlearn and relearn.  We often go through a cycle of learning, unlearning and relearning.  Unlearning and relearning are closely related and often accompany each other.  Often people who know this quote misunderstand what unlearning actually means.  Unlearning doesn’t necessarily mean completely forgetting a concept but rather we are exposed to a new perspective on a concept that we already knew about.  Relearning is what happens when you grasp the new perspective and you understand your new knowledge from that perspective.  Together unlearning and relearning help clarify concepts not grasped while learning something new.  When we first learn something we focus on a bigger picture, and often ignore small and important details.  We often will not notice those small details until we discuss it or teach another person exposing us to the new perspective. 

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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." Alvin Toffler

Sean Huber

April, 2014

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler, American futurist.

            I agree with this quote by Alvin Toffler. I believe that things have changed to where there are different meanings to the word illiterate. Education has improved greatly but there may be other problems to face. Our society in general changes and new ideas and governing will change. Also, new technology is invented and we will become more advanced. All of these points involve learning, unlearning, and relearning.

            Education has improved to the point that there are not as many illiterate people compared to the past. This is mainly because our society requires all children to attend school and society is focused on their well-being. In school, theories and ideas change through advancement. This causes us to relearn, unlearn, and learn.

            Technology is an important vital aspect to our current lives. There is constantly new technology and inventions being created. In our society, you have to learn, unlearn, and relearn new technology in order to function successfully. This is almost a necessity even if people do not like the idea.

            Our society constantly changes. It is full of forward thinkers looking for change. Throughout history this is proven true. New ideas and methods of control will change the ways of the world. This is how we move forward and learn. In a job, you may have to be able to learn a new task to be able to continue working. People have to learn, unlearn, and relearn innovative ideas and things to be able to manage daily living and employment tasks productively. Historically, all generations are very dissimilar and have survived different types of constant change but all generations share one common aspect, learning.

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The Silent Leader

Marilin Kelley

April, 2014

The ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu once proclaimed, “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves”. Though his words are over 2,000 years old, Tzu realized a significant need that persists in today’s society. With countless Hollywood stars, idolized presidents, and televised preachers leading America into the 21st century, the country still lacks another powerful leader, the silent leader. The greatest impacts are made when people don’t feel as if they are being led- they barely know a leader is among them. I consider myself to be a silent leader; not only does this role coincide with my refrained personality, but it also fits my position as a Christian teenager and allows me to guide others my age on the path of improving our community.

                  Lao Tzu stands as an immortal leader through his founding of Taoism, a religion directed by a singular “principle” of life. Taoism revolves around the idea of meditation, a deeply refrained, reflexive practice. Leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. asserted influence through vehement speeches; however Tzu demonstrated an overwhelming influence found in complete silence. This hushed method of guiding others fits my own gentle personality. My small demeanor and tranquil disposition hardly prevent me from exerting dominance over others with fervent words and vigorous action, but rather match my preferred method of leading others by simply setting an example and then getting behind them to nudge in the right direction. This particular manner of leadership doesn’t prompt much recognition or reward for the leader, but lets the followers say “we did it ourselves” and be all the more fulfilled.

                As a 17 year old girl, I hardly have anything in common with an ancient Chinese Taoist from the Zhou Dynasty. In fact, I am a deeply committed Christian with a strong conviction for helping others. My faith and desire to aid those in need dictate the direction in which I choose to lead others. As a teenager, I don’t expect to publish an inspirational book like Tzu’s “Tao Te Ching” to convey my visions, but I am able to lead those my age in my community. I lead groups of students to volunteer to pack care boxes to be distributed to less fortunate families, to serve in soup kitchens, to ring bells for Salvation Army, to cheer for multiple charity races, to spend time with the elderly, and more. My chosen path of service and coaxing others in this direction ultimately improves the community while also bettering the volunteers’ lives, instilling Tzu’s thoughts, “kindness in giving creates words”. As a subtle leader with objectives like these, I make a positive impact on the community despite my age.

                Some see silence as weakness. Some see it as passivity or submissiveness. Lao Tzu- and I- observe “silence is a source of great strength”. I believe the most powerful leaders do not ask for recognition; they lead by extraordinary examples and overwhelming compassion; they carry influence in actions over words; they are silent in the loudest of ways. I model my leadership after this philosophy and consider the world to, in fact, need me very much, because, though scarcely audible, my impact is significant.     

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Contemporary Illiteracy

Marilin Kelley

April, 2014

Illiteracy is an issue battled with books in the English class- and it has been combated in this way since the early 1800s. However, Alvin Toffler claims, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Perhaps there has been a transformation in the realm of literacy in the last 200 years… a realization that isn’t very astounding when one takes into account the changes of communication over this time period.

 In the past 200 years, communication has progressed from word of mouth to newspaper to radio to television to the internet. Also, not only has the American method of communication altered, but also what American society communicates. The amount of words and ideas exchanged today put to shame the first mail service, which was by horseback. Therefore, wouldn’t it only be logical to conclude that literacy has progressed from just words to something much more complex?

True literacy in the 21st century is the competency to share ideas on a national scale. This doesn’t lessen all the English teachers’ crusade to learn children in the way of just words, but it presents the need of a different lesson. A growing society must be taught to “learn, unlearn, and relearn” new ideas. Congratulations on learning the alphabet in kindergarten, but now do something with the letters to achieve true literacy! Today’s fast paced culture calls for more than a child that can read and write; it demands a intellectual that can add to society by exchanging ideas. The true literacy of the 21st century is competency with not only words, but thoughts as well.

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"Why the world needs me, specifically, to be a leader"

Raigan Sweeney

Why does the world need me, specifically, to be a leader? The world around me is a place where all types of people can grow and become whatever they set their mind to. But a place like this is also in need of people that stand out, can set an example to all, and that can be confident in all that they do. The people this world needs are called leaders. I believe the world needs me specifically as a leader because I am a strong follower of Jesus Christ and I am not afraid to share the good news with others, I am a female leader and can stand up for what I believe in, and I do everything for the greater good.

   As a follower of Christ, I have seen how much this world is in need of a savior, a best friend, and a comforter. Knowing that we have a man with all of these qualities, but are not always told about Him, is a heartbreaking thing.  I cannot imagine going through each and every day by myself, in a world that is not designed to build me up. I feel that the good news should be able to reach as many people as possible.  I believe that it is my responsibility as a Christian to teach others about my Savior so they will have the chance to live each day with the same peace and happiness that I am blessed with. I feel that my leadership on this earth has heavenly consequences.

   This society has come a long way from the days of segregation and female discrimination, but there is still a need for strong female leaders in our nation. I am a person that is not afraid to stand up for the things I believe in. I am able to voice my opinion and then confidently stand strong behind it. I think that this characteristic, also known as “integrity,” is one that many leaders lack. Many times we are quick to speak, but are not held to what we say. I think that this is an area where I can shine as a female leader.  My willingness to speak truthfully and act with integrity make me stand out as a female leader and enable me to gain the respect of men and women alike.

   A leader should work in a way that benefits everyone around them and not be selfish in his or her dealings. Many times positions in the community are held by people that have a high standard of living.  While this makes a good amount of sense, it is not always beneficial to the people they represent. Making decisions with everyone in mind may not seem like a hard task at first, but you must be reminded of the different living styles of your constituents. Many leaders today are not capable of doing this because they are not able to see issues from the viewpoint of the people that they represent.   As a leader I try to do things for the greater good, even if that means taking me and my immediate needs out of the equation.

  I feel that there are a number of characteristics that make me a good leader.  I strive to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, be a confident female role model, and do things for the common good. I hope that focusing on these characteristics, and striving to improve each day, I will be the leader that my community needs me to be. 

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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."

 Taylor Jordan

The world we live in today is far different from the world that our grandparents or parents grew up in. In today’s society it is imperative to know how to read and write, but you must know more than just reading and writing to be literate in today’s society. This is because technology is advancing so quickly that we must be able to continue learning so that we can use the newest technology.
      In the past most people stopped learning when they graduated college and just did their job with what they had already learned for the rest of their life. However, in today’s society technology is advancing so quickly that people must continue learning throughout their life. If they don’t continue learning then they will fall behind the new technology and equipment and won’t be able to keep the same job. This is because the jobs are changing and the advanced equipment used to speed up production of products is very complicated and hard to use. This is because now a days every thing is geared toward speed and productivity. This causes the machines that are used to be more complex and complicated which forces the workers who man these machines to keep learning to keep up with the ever changing machines.
       To succeed in today’s society people must know more than just how to read and write. They must people able to keep learning throughout their life so that they are able to change and work with today’s technology. If someone never advances their knowledge of technology beyond the technology of their youth then they will be unable to perform many jobs that require the use of machines. This is because they are always changing and becoming more complicated so therefore to be successful you must be able to continue learning throughout life.

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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."

Katherine Tatum
American futurist Alvin Toffler once said, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” I strongly agree with Toffler’s statement. 
               Societies long ago thought that someone’s intelligence stemmed from his or her ability to read and write, but nowadays that same standard does not apply. People who did not have a stellar education are showing that they can be more than anyone ever thought they could. But more than just people “breaking the education barrier” the ability to learn is a major factor in the real world. A man could be at the top of his class when he graduates from school, but when he gets a real job and realizes he is not able to mold into the figure that his boss wants him to be and “learn” the necessities of the workplace probably will not make it far.
               Someone who is only able to reenact what they see is just as invaluable as someone who cannot think on his or her own.  The ability to learn a skill, and then also unlearn it when a new skill is needed to be learned is a mandatory strength that in the end will have a greater impact than just being able to read and write

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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."

Raigan Sweeney

Il`lit´er`ate

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Unable to read or write; ignorant of letters or books; unlettered; uninstructed; uneducated; as, an illiterate man, or people.

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” –American futurist, Alvin Toffler

    As days change and years pass, the technology and requirements of living progress. Those who were once comfortable with their lifestyle and up to date with the pre-existing technological advances may now be behind in this fast changing world. During the first eighteen years of my life, I have seen many examples of progress. There have been new computer programs created that can convert spoken words to text, televisions that allow you to watch three dimensional movies, and even internet programs that can help you learn new languages in only a short amount of time!

   The traditional definition of the word “illiterate” is someone who cannot read or write.  However, I feel that in today’s society the meaning is changing. People who decide not to evolve with the huge changes of the 21st century will not be able to keep up in real world situations. All job fields and even school settings are experiencing rapid changes in technology and innovation.  Not advancing one’s thoughts and willingness to change will affect everything about one’s lifestyle. My hope for the future is that young and old alike will be able to embrace the changes that are to come with open arms.  Adapting to changes will allow us to truly thrive in this ever-evolving, fast pace world.