Melissa Harris-Perry's promotion TV spot is still getting lots of attention and push-back. Harris-Perry said that we haven't invested enough in education, because Americans view children as a private responsibility. Instead, the entire community should embrace the responsibility of raising children.
I happen to agree with her, so I really liked the ad.
Push-back is coming from people who fear the stupidity of the state. A sensible counter-point comes from Conor Friedersdorf.
A couple of years ago, Ian drew a cartoon of himself and Jonah wrestling. A profoundly stupid teacher thought that this cartoon showed Jonah abusing Ian. Meetings and lawyers. So, I am not unsympathetic to Friedersdorf.
But Harris-Perry isn't advocating for expanding the state's role in parenting. She's saying that the community needs to invest in kids by providing them with good schools and other opportunities.