Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Legos Promote "A Class-Based, Capitalist Society"?!

Is there anyone that can actually recite back all the things that have been banned over the past year? I'm losing track at this point... Sledding, tag, Pokemon cards, Heeleys, The Three Little Pigs, dodge ball, soda, smiling, fun...I'm sure there's a million more.

Well, now we have another one to add to the list... Legos.

Apparently building Lego communities leads to a capitalist-type Donald Trump entrepreneurial attitude.

" ...The Legotown builders [5 - 9 year olds] turned their attention to complex negotiations among themselves about what sorts of structures to build, whether these ought to be primarily privately owned or collectively used, and how "cool pieces" would be distributed and protected. These negotiations gave rise to heated conflict and to insightful conversation. Into their coffee shops and houses, 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...

Ann suggested removing the Legos from the classroom. This bold decision would demonstrate our discomfort with the issues we saw at play in Legotown. And it posed a challenge to the children: How might we create a "community of fairness" about Legos?

...We also discussed our beliefs about our role as teachers in raising political issues with young children. We recognized that children are political beings, actively shaping their social and political understandings of ownership and economic equity — whether we interceded or not. We agreed that we want to take part in shaping the children's understandings from a perspective of social justice. So we decided to take the Legos out of the classroom...." (Read the entire article)

A rare occasion where I am left without words...

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