Americans always have loved remakes. We have been remaking movies since The Great Train Robbery remake, which came out in 1904, one year after its inspiration. As with many remakes, however, the remake was a complete flop. Some people argue remakes are just a lack of new ideas; others believe they are just a fun new spin on an old story.
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter once said, “You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” I recently had the privilege of conducting the second interview for the McLennan Community College version of Taking Charge. I met with Fay Gutierrez, MCC Alternative Teacher Certification Program Director, who spoke about the importance of leadership and of having good mentors and role models. Gutierrez believes confidence in oneself is the key to taking initiative and becoming a leader.
“If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity.” John F. Kennedy made this statement more than 40 years ago; yet, the issue of diversity still remains a point of contention in schools and in the workplace today. Learning tolerance and respect for people from different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs is the key to cultivating a productive, harmonious environment. Meeting people from different backgrounds will broaden your worldview and acquaint you with intriguing people along the way.