One could argue more abstractly that a national road-removal program will help to
bolster America's educational record. Currently, the products of our educational
systems are well below standards. Acts such as "No Child Left Behind" have
failed both in conception and in implementation — particularly in funding.
Abstractly, we might argue that
the family of reasons for these failures is surnamed "community". Road removal
programs, of necessity,
will tie communities closer together. Suburban sprawl will be
recognized as the culturally divisive phenomenon that it is, and localism will once
again take hold of communities. Closer familial and communal ties, historically,
have been directly linked to improved school performance.
Closer community bonds will inevitably reduce individualized senses of "entitlement",
sometimes called "entitlement egoism", that lead to poor student performance and
irresponsible urban development. When entitlement egoism is sufficiently purged
from the American conscience, then progress will again be possible in arts,
education, hard sciences and social reforms. America will be reborn
while the residue of a misunderstood and divisive infrastructure
is banished from the landscape.
Millions of miles of black ribbon severing ties across America are squarely to
blame for abstract social divisions and ecological disaster. The desperate need to
clean up this environmental and cultural mess cannot be understated.