So, some teachers decided to try a “social experiment” with a bunch of roughly 8 year old kids, and they were so proud of turning them into little socialists that they wrote it up.
The article itself is long and kind of tedious, but the gist of it is that a bunch of kids decided to build a “Legotown” at their afterschool program, which quickly turned into a capitalist society with trade of lego pieces, ownership of various lego structures, etc.
Needless to say, the stupid hippy teachers couldn’t stand having their kids be capitalists and decided to intervene.
the children were building their assumptions about ownership and the social power it conveys — assumptions that mirrored those of a class-based, capitalist society — a society that we teachers believe to be unjust and oppressive. As we watched the children build, we became increasingly concerned.
Anyway, they intervened and trained the kids in being good little commies, and here was the end result:
- All structures are public structures. Everyone can use all the Lego structures. But only the builder or people who have her or his permission are allowed to change a structure.
- Lego people can be saved only by a “team” of kids, not by individuals.
- All structures will be standard sizes.
With these three agreements — which distilled months of social justice exploration into a few simple tenets of community use of resources — we returned the Legos to their place of honor in the classroom.
These teachers succeeded at doing something I did not believe was possible. No, it’s not teach kids about how awesome socialism is; their feat is much more difficult than brainwashing an eight-year old. They managed to make playing Lego not fun.
If you read the entire article, which I encourage you to do, you’ll probably get as mad as I am for both reasons. The reactions of the teachers were essentially “oh god capitalism and property ownership, shit we can’t have that” and their ensuing social experiment are so retarded that it would be funny if it wasn’t for that at least one of those 8 year olds will probably believe this crap for the rest of his life.
Thankfully, 8 year old kids are, well, 8 years old, and I have very little doubt that the social engineering will fall apart in short order, as all true socialist societies do. Because one kid will realize he can get more if he owns stuff – and there are fewer more powerful motivators than greed.