Here's a quiz.
You're making dinner on a Tuesday night when the phone rings. It's the editor of your local paper who says he's contacting you, a School Board member, because no one else in the District called him back. On Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a reporter randomly asked seven students who were in Downtown, "What can you tell me about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.?"
They all answered, in one form or another, that he was celebrated for freeing the slaves. Three of the students were in High School and those three were also African American. Can I have your response?
"Eh. Who have you called so far? Any of the Principals?"
"Yes. They didn't return our calls. Do you have any comment that the District website make no mention of Black History Month which is coming up?"
"Well, the District website is about two years out of date, and furthermore I'm not sure that we've ever systematically celebrated any of the monthly celebrations. It's more of a classroom by classroom thing."
"So, about the kids we surveyed, is this indicative of the level of education the students are receiving in your schools?"
How would YOU answer?
I fumbled around for a bit and finally got something out. I feel bad that I had to throw my own kids in there, but I do know that my own children are products of the school system and they certainly know who Martin Luther King, Jr. was, and they learned about him in class (I think in Second and Third Grade). I did tell the reporter that they were somewhat unclear as to the difference between Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, however. At least that got a laugh. I'm more than a little mortified, actually. Darned kids these days. I wonder if they knew what state they were in, or who's president?