The Hope of the Future

Filed Under (Discovery Education, science) by Lee Kolbert on 08-11-2009 and tagged , , ,


I had an opportunity to meet Philippe Cousteau last week as part of a series of events recognizing our district’s outstanding achievement in being on the forefront of using technology for instructional integration and for reaching the milestone of one million digital educational videos on Discovery Streaming. The School District of Palm Beach County is one of only a handful of school systems in the nation, and the first school system in Florida, to reach this milestone. Listening to Mr. Cousteau speak is truly a pleasure as he is engaging and his message of environmental defense is inspiring.

Mr. Cousteau is the 29 year old grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau. He continues his grandfather’s legacy by openly speaking and acting on behalf of the environment.

HePhillip Cousteau-Kolbert class was kind enough to pose for pictures and sign an autograph for the boys and girls in my 4th grade classes. I was excited to see that wrote “Mrs. Kolbert’s Class, You are the hope of the future. Philippe Cousteau” because we’ve recently learned about ecosystems and the food web, with particular focus on how humans often negatively impact the environment, disrupting the ecosystem and the food web.

Can you explain what he means by “You are the hope of the future?”

7 Comments Already, Leave Yours Too

ionnoj on 8 November, 2009 at 11:01 pm #

What a wonderful experience for you and an accomplishment for Palm Beach County Schools.

Micheal Head on 10 November, 2009 at 5:59 pm #

That’s an amazing accomplishment for you and your school district. Great job.
When he says that we are the hope of the future, he was eluding to the old phrase “the kids are the future”. Everything we have has been set in place by our forefathers, and it’s up to the youth of today to follow in their footsteps to run the world. It’s up to us to manage the world properly, so that we can live on it for the rest of time.

Jessica :) on 14 November, 2009 at 8:47 am #

Philippe means that we (our class) will make good things in the future. He means without us the future would be…. BLAH!!!! It is up to us children to make the future a good place.

Lee Kolbert Reply:

Hi Jessica,
Thanks for commenting. How do you think we can have a positive effect on the future? What are some things we can do?
Mrs. Kolbert

Alec Gordon on 16 November, 2009 at 6:09 pm #

I think he means that if we keep on hurting ecosystems it might affect us too. We need to protect ecosystems for our own benefit and for the animals that live in the ecosystems. Some day they might die out!!!


Isabella M.S. on 19 November, 2009 at 10:14 pm #

That was very inspiering,Mrs.Kolbert!!!!PROTECT OUR PLANET!!!!!!!!!!!!


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