Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Smart Bomb

Today is the first day back to school for most kids across the country and President Obama is set to address them this morning. A number of schools around the country (including Chicago) are opting out of showing the speech, under fire from parents who are worried that Obama will "push his agenda" on their kids. It's a valid complaint, since we all know how kindergarteners' eyes light up when a grown-up starts talking about health care and insurance reform! The relationship between American parents and American schools has long been a tenuous one. On the one hand, parents have never been less involved in their children's education than they are today. On the other, the instances in which they do get involved are usually over the most petty and trivial issues. (Hummus on the healthy lunch menu?? That's treasonous!) The Presidential school address is traditional- Clinton and both Bushes did it- so the notion that the children who start their day with a "stay in school" message from Obama will end it raiding the library for dog-eared copies of Das Kapital is laughable. It's an idea that speaks much more to the ideological prejudices of the parents than the President's. Just imagine the inner-city black kids who will (for the first time) be watching a President who looks like them, telling them that education is supremely vital and that their achievements can mirror his own. I think that's worth hearing.

1 comment:

Joe Minkel said...

Society does feel like the movie "Idiocracy" more and more everyday. People need TOLD what to do anymore. No one seems able to learn it or cares to do it anymore. Our society sucks. We need some serious "population control". Hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc. We need more "natural" deaths to just occur. Also, we need stupidity to waste itself right off this planet. The amount of stupid things I hear about in the news and see in everyday life frightens me. This is how society has become in the past, oh let's say 20 years to be safe, and it's not getting any better. Damn, maybe I should take a few out now. Start the chain.