Wednesday, February 28, 2007

TCS Daily - L'Eggo My Lego

TCS Daily - L'Eggo My Lego: "So they first explored with the children the issue of ownership. Not all of the students shared the teachers' anathema to private property ownership. 'If I buy it, I own it,' one child is quoted saying. The teachers then explored with the students concepts of fairness, equity, power, and other issues over a period of several months.

At the end of that time, Legos returned to the classroom after the children agreed to several guiding principles framed by the teachers, including that 'All structures are public structures' and 'All structures will be standard sizes.' The teachers quote the children:

'A house is good because it is a community house.'

'We should have equal houses. They should be standard sizes.'

'It's important to have the same amount of power as other people over your building.'"

Interesting lessons in those schools. Much more important then things like reading and math.

Stories like this make me want to hurl!

The implosion of the Soviet Union confirmed that socialism just doesn't work. When we visited our relatives in East Germany it was amazing to see bomb damaged buildings still un-repaired after 50 years.

And what have the children learned. Low-level mediocrity. Woopee

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