I’m troubled at the use of Superman as a symbol for education reformers…
Since his introduction into American pop culture, Superman reflects our cultural self concept of the ultimate “American good” at war with the incomprehensible evils in the world. Harkening back to this World War II version of the Superhero is a weak attempt to tap into a part of our country’s cultural pride and equate education reform with America’s role in stopping Hitler and the Nazi party.
The bigger question for me is why do some education reformers choose to evoke 1940s America (World War II) or 1960s America (“Sputnik moment”) rather than look to the future? Looking back seems counter to their agenda.
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