I was depressed when I read Foster's Daily
about the Somersworth (NH) students who were cruelly denied
the chance to view President Obama's speech live yesterday by
Superintendent Karen Soule.
"[Soule's refusal] sent the wrong message," [Senior Kelsie] Dodier said. "It was saying the president of the United States wasn't important enough for us to take the time out of the day to hear."Whiiiinnnee! Interested people could almost certainly figure out how to watch it on their own, of course. But, gee, it's just not the same unless you're parading the impressionable masses into large rooms for their mandatory platitude viewing session.
Said [Strafford County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Caitlin] Daniuk, "Why could we not let our students be inspired by the president?"
But fortunately, Don Boudreaux has a more concretely worded response:
For the record, I oppose all such "Great Leader" poses, regardless of the party affiliation of the Great Leader du jour. The idea that we should be 'inspired' by winners of political elections -- the notion that successful politicians have some special wisdom to impart -- the stupid consensus that high political office renders its holders unusually trustworthy when delivering clusters of cliches -- is intolerable to men and women who value freedom and individuality.What he said. Unfortunately, valuing freedom and individuality is not high on the educational priority list these days.
Photoshop wizards weigh in on Disney's purchase of
Marvel. Some obvious, nearly all amusing.