Monday, July 21, 2014

Leaders of What?

This sign is next to the front door of Jefferson Elementary School on Jefferson St. in Blaine, MN. There are a number of implications to the line of thinking that has led to the creation of this graphic. For instance, if this school is in the business of allowing future leaders to learn here, who is it that they are going to be leading? Leaders, after all, imply those whom are led, the followers. Do the followers go to school somewhere else? Is there a similar school nearby that specializes in the learning of submission? Or are the Jeffersonian apprentice leaders practicing on their less dominant classmates?

Probably kindergartners and first graders have a rather elementary concept of leadership, as it were. Some of them may not even be able to read the sign. Those that are now literate may believe that their tenure at Jefferson qualifies them to lead the lesser lights at nearby Madison Elementary.  Be that as it may, what kind of leadership is being promoted here? Are we raising and educating these little shavers to lead troops into battle? Are they being taught the techniques of successful business management? Are they learning how to run for elective office and retain incumbency for a lifetime? Just what the heck is going on here?

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