During the rather miserable halftime show of Super Bowl XLV, Will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas ad-libbed the following message to President Obama in the middle of “Where is the Love?” lyrics:
“In America we need to get things straight / Obama, let’s get these kids educated / Create jobs so the country stays stimulated.”
When the Founders of our nation were growing up, education was considered a “moral duty” and personal responsibility. Besides being mystified at the appeal of box-headed, glow-in-the-dark backup dancers, I can only imagine what their puzzled reaction would be to a plea for the president to take responsibility for the education of children besides his own.
Yet nowadays, some aren’t content to believe that it takes a family – or perhaps even a proverbial village – to raise a child. Now it ostensibly takes a federal department and federal programs to raise a child (as if the nature of children has changed in the past hundred or so years). Nevertheless, American students as a whole are not nationalist-minded like some of their foreign counterparts. American students remain in a very individualist-minded culture that some how over time ended up with leaders so disconnected from reality that they seriously believed (and still believe) that nationalizing education would be successful in this country.
Billions of dollars in spending aside, the amount of responsibility for education assumed by government has perhaps subliminally altered students’ perception of learning.
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