A National Scandal?
Anita Sharpe on Culture
The movie, The Incredibles, is not only a huge box-office hit, it's also reigniting the debate on how society should treat gifted kids: does 'No Child Left Behind' really mean, 'No Child Should Get Too Far Ahead?'
Today's New York Times editorial page quotes part of a critical study by the John Templeton Foundation on the frustration of many gifted kids in public schools: 'When they want to fly, they are told to stay in their seats. Stay in your grade. Know your place. It's a national scandal.'
The Incredibles director Brad Bird seems to come down on the same side: 'Life hurts your feelings. I think people whine about stuff too much. C'mon, man, just get up and do it,' he tells the Times.
Whatever you may think about educating kids, few people would argue that movie-goers will flock to films about ordinary, mediocre, uninspiring people doing regular stuff in a passable way.