The Lego Movie and Common Core

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The Lego Movie and Common Core

By A.P. Dil­lon

I’ve touched on the the­matic con­nec­tion between the Lego Movie and Com­mon Core once before. Hav­ing just re-​watched it with my old­est child, I wanted to revisit it. We’ll get to the com­par­i­son in a bit. First, for those not famil­iar with the plot, it deals with a ‘Spe­cial’ fig­ure who will ful­fill a prophecy to stop the evil Lord Busi­ness (later referred to as Pres­i­dent Busi­ness) from using the ‘Kra­gle” by employ­ing the “piece of resis­tance’ and halt­ing the end of the Lego world as they know it.

The movie is hilar­i­ous and fan­tas­tic at engag­ing both kids and adults. The sub­tle humor inserted here and there keeps par­ents chuck­ling and the fast-​paced nature of the action keeps the kids engaged. Plus, kids love Legos. Check out the trailer for a taste.

Now for the comparison.

Pres­i­dent Busi­ness wants every­thing to be the same and stay the same; nice and tidy. Every­one has their role, every­one will do things the same. It’s his way for every­one or the high­way, so con­form while being told over and over it’s what you should want — or in other words “every­thing is awe­some”. His tool of choice to make that hap­pen is the ‘Kra­gle’, which we find out in the movie is ‘Krackle’, a super­glue that will lock all the Lego struc­tures into place.

Pres­i­dent Business’s char­ac­ter rep­re­sents the cor­po­rate machine dri­ving Com­mon Core. So obsessed with mak­ing every­thing per­fect that he misses the big pic­ture — per­fec­tion is our indi­vid­u­al­ity and the cre­ativ­ity that comes with it. Sti­fling the world with the ‘Kra­gle’ (Com­mon Core) means miss­ing out on who we are and what we can do. We can stop that.

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AP DillonA.P. Dil­lon (Lady Lib­erty 1885), is a Con­ser­v­a­tive minded wife and mother liv­ing in the Tri­an­gle area of North Car­olina. A.P. Dil­lon founded the blog LadyLib​er​ty1885​.com in 2009. After the 2012 elec­tion, she added an Instapun­dit style blog called The Con­Mom Blog. Mrs. Dil­lon recently par­tic­i­pated in Glenn Beck’s We Will Not Con­form. Mrs. Dillon’s writ­ing, in addi­tion to Da Tech Guy’s Mag­nif­i­cent 7, can also be found at Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.org, Watch­dog­WireNC and Wiz­Bang. Non-​political writ­ing projects include sci­ence fic­tion novel­las that are, as of yet, unpub­lished. Her cur­rent writ­ing project is a children’s book series.

By A.P. Dillon

I’ve touched on the thematic connection between the Lego Movie and Common Core once before. Having just re-watched it with my oldest child, I wanted to revisit it.  We’ll get to the comparison in a bit. First, for those not familiar with the plot, it deals with a ‘Special’ figure who will fulfill a prophecy to stop the evil Lord Business (later referred to as President Business) from using the ‘Kragle” by employing the “piece of resistance’ and halting the end of the Lego world as they know it.

The movie is hilarious and fantastic at engaging both kids and adults. The subtle humor inserted here and there keeps parents chuckling and the fast-paced nature of the action keeps the kids engaged. Plus, kids love Legos. Check out the trailer for a taste.

Now for the comparison.

President Business wants everything to be the same and stay the same; nice and tidy. Everyone has their role, everyone will do things the same. It’s his way for everyone or the highway, so conform while being told over and over  it’s what you should want — or in other words “everything is awesome“.  His tool of choice to make that happen is the ‘Kragle’, which we find out in the movie is ‘Krackle’, a superglue that will lock all the Lego structures into place.

President Business’s character  represents the corporate machine driving Common Core. So obsessed with making everything perfect that he misses the big picture – perfection is our  individuality and the creativity that comes with it. Stifling the world with the ‘Kragle’ (Common Core) means missing out on who we are and what we can do.  We can stop that.

 

If you enjoyed this article, you should really check out other pieces written by Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent Seven writers and maybe hit that tip jar!

AP DillonA.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon recently participated in Glenn Beck’s We Will Not Conform. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.