Wonder Woman is banned at school as a “violent character” because superheroes “solve problems using violence,” a school informed parents whose little girl brought a lunchbox to school featuring the character twirling her lasso of truth.
Teaching kids there’s no difference between superheroes, who use their powers to “uphold the good,” and supervillians, who use their power for evil, is “the very opposite of moral education,” responds Jonah Goldberg in National Review.
What if the little girl had brought a lunchbox with a picture of George Washington? Goldberg asks. What about “Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and every other U.S. president, including Barack Obama. (He solved the problem of Osama bin Laden with SEAL Team Six.)”
Two weeks ago, three Americans — an Air Force medic, a National Guardsman and a student — tackled a terrorist on a train to Paris. They took away his rifle and beat him over the head with it, using violence to solve the problem. Are they unworthy to appear on a child’s lunchbox?
Darren Goforth, the murdered Texas sheriff’s deputy, planned with his son to wear matching Captain America shirts when they got the chance. His little boy wore his shirt to the funeral yesterday, knowing his father was wearing his Captain America shirt under his uniform. Perhaps in Texas, Goforth’s son will be allowed to wear the shirt to school.