Obama, McCartney, Springsteen: Let Them Talk to Kids in School!
The Answer Sheet loves the Beatles and is delighted that the group is the No. 1 band in the world right now, even though the boys haven’t played together in 40 years and two are dead.
It seems unfair, though, that the new exposure to the greatest rock band is going to be limited to people who can afford the merchandise fueling the interest. Remastered CD sets and a video game called “The Beatles: Rock Band” were released today and they aren’t inexpensive: The basic game costs $60, but you have to have an operating system already; the CD sets cost between $200 and $300.
So The Sheet proposes that ex-Beatle Paul McCartney give a midday address about the importance of music and that it be beamed into schools that have had to give up music education because they are spending so much time preparing for standardized tests.
After all, schools interrupt class time periodically for special assemblies where guests address students on varying subjects. Former drug addicts and ex-cons are sometimes featured with stories intended to persuade kids out of trouble.
I guess those interruptions--and pep rallies, too--were forgotten by people complaining that President Obama was stealing precious instructional time when he addressed kids during school yesterday to talk about the importance of education.
Sorry dear colleague Jay Mathews, I still don’t agree with your opposition to the Obama speech.
The Sheet, in fact, likes the idea of guest speakers at school during school time.
Paul, for one. Bruce Springsteen, too, would work for me, too.
I offer my own kids’ school in Washington D.C. as a host. Bruce, you are coming here soon anyway; it was announced today that you have been tapped to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award for major artists on Dec. 6. You could talk to kids about how hard they have to work to win one.
So readers, who else do you think would be worthy of taking up instructional time to speak to kids during school?
| September 9, 2009; 1:35 PM ET
Tags: Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, President Obama, music education, the Beatles
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