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Saturday, March 03, 2007

School House Rock and Worldview

We went last night to our 11-year-old son's school musical. It was based on all those awesome Schoolhouse Rock ditties from the 70s. I used to enjoy those on Saturday mornings. Still remember so many of the lyrics from Conjunction Junction, I'm Only a Bill, Interplanet Janet, etc. It was great fun and the kids were beyond cute.

One thing struck me, however, when they sang the one on America being the great melting pot. I was reflecting on how politically incorrect that is today. You can tell that was written at least 30 years ago.

The favored notion today is multi-culturalism and NOT that we're a melting pot. The melting pot image says that people come here from all different backgrounds and blend together to make something new and wonderful. That's a cool image for America. But the politically correct view is not that our former cultural distinctives should be blurred to create a new and truly American culture. The newer view is that I am identified first by my native tribe and only secondly by being an American citizen.

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4 comments:

VirginiaLutherans said...

A country that has no identity usually falls. If you think of this with Christian, if you aren't a Christian first, there is no cohesion in the Church. If the Church as a whole is Christian first, I think some of the issues of proper worship, divisions, etc might drop out.

Tim Kuehn said...

In Canada it's called the "Cultural Mosaic", which to me seems to encourage division within the country, rather than cohesion.

disgruntled world citizen said...

A few years back I was reading an article that stated the "melting pot" idea was now a thing of the past, the article stated that America was now more like a "bowl of salad."

As for the School House Rock, I remember watching those on Saturday mornings and learning much about citizenship. The "I'm Just a Bill" was instrumental in my understand how government works, or doesn't work, whatever the case may be.

disgruntled world citizen said...

A few years back I was reading an article that stated the "melting pot" idea was now a thing of the past, the article stated that America was now more like a "bowl of salad."

As for the School House Rock, I remember watching those on Saturday mornings and learning much about citizenship. The "I'm Just a Bill" was instrumental in my understand how government works, or doesn't work, whatever the case may be.

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