Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Deconstructing The Incredibles...

So, we decided to do a 'family thing' Sunday and take the boys to see The Incredibles (a rarity when you are married to a work-a-holic). Moviefone.com had the time listed as 1:40. We got there at 1:35. The movie actually started at 1:15 and the next one wasn't until 4:00. Thank you Moviefone! Anyway, we drove to another theater and saw a 2:45 show. Luckily, after my less-than-desirable experience with the worst kid's movie ever- Shark Tale, The Incredibles was an excellent movie!

I loved the undertone of this movie... I thought it was a wonderful critique on the destructive nature of Political Correctness on American Society. The premise of the film is: Due to the litigious nature of the general public -the Super heroes had to go into 'Super hero protection programs' --and needed to blend into the population of 'average' people to avoid the onslaught of lawsuits from people they had saved. There is a part in the beginning of the movie where the Mom (Elastic Girl) says to the Dad (Mr. Incredible),
"I can't believe that you would rather play hero than go to your son's graduation!"
He replies, "It is not a graduation. He is moving up from the 4th grade to the 5th grade. Why do people always want to make the mundane spectacular and quiet the truly gifted?" (Paraphrased)

Throughout the movie the Superheroes must hide their natural abilities to blend in. The children are taught to be average and make sure they never excel. I kept thinking of our public school system. How all student's are rewarded and all competition is slowly being squelched to keep lesser-ability children from having their feelings hurt. How Special Ed classes are being phased out and integration is taking over. Now, even in little leagues all the kids get a trophy --so what is the motivation for children to distinguish themselves?

Why has America become afraid of success and fair competition? We praise it in professional sports and crush it in schools. Did we grow up wounded that Suzy won the spelling bee and we didn't --or that Johnny ran a faster 50 yd. dash? Or did it push us to study more or run faster? Isn't all this integration and inclusion giving our children a false sense of what awaits them in the 'real world'? Are they going to enter the workplace feeling that everyone will be regarded and rewarded equal? Will they crumble at the first promotion that is not theirs...or before that, at the first college rejection letter?

I'm with Mr. Incredible...stop with the mundane and let's return to striving to be better and using all of our ability...and not being ashamed to be recognized for it!

Make sure you check out BigandMean's post on the Definition of a Progressive...
I Found this at Nick Stewart’s Last Call...its' pretty funny. (Turn down the volume if you're at work)

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