Wednesday, February 28, 2007

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

It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.

Vladimir Lenin
Some Seattle schools are banning Lego because "progressive" teachers believe the blocks represent the evils of private property:
A ban was initiated at the Hilltop Children's Center in Seattle. According to an article in the winter 2006-07 issue of "Rethinking Schools" magazine, the teachers at the private school wanted their students to learn that private property ownership is evil.

According to the article, the students had been building an elaborate "Legotown," but it was accidentally demolished. The teachers decided its destruction was an opportunity to explore "the inequities of private ownership." According to the teachers, "Our intention was to promote a contrasting set of values: collectivity, collaboration, resource-sharing, and full democratic participation."

The children were allegedly incorporating into Legotown "their assumptions about ownership and the social power it conveys." These assumptions "mirrored those of a class-based, capitalist society -- a society that we teachers believe to be unjust and oppressive."

They claimed as their role shaping the children's "social and political understandings of ownership and economic equity ... from a perspective of social justice."

So they first explored with the children the issue of ownership.

[..] 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."
Copies of the Communist Manifesto were distributed to the children after the lesson.


Jake said...

These are exactly the kinds of leftist social engineering schemes that a nationalized daycare system would preach to children.

Seattle isn't too far from Canada and it wouldn't surprise me if there are similar daycare facilities operating in any other Canadian city. I can easily imagine this doctrine being imposed on a national scale by taxpayer subsidized childcare.

If Stephane Dion were to become Prime Minister, this ideology would become law and blend in well with other socialist causes such as Kyoto. The movie An Inconvenient Truth would be shown to preschoolers as part of the daycare curriculum.

T. F. Stern said...

I have a question for the "teacher"; what about the bell curve that most use to distribute grades? Most of the classes I took in the state run schools were very up front when they explained that 2 students would get A's, 4 would get B's, 4 would get D's and 2 would get F's; all the rest would get C's. Under a properly run state school everyone should get C's, to evenly deploy mediocrity. What do our comrades have to say on this? Equality of misery should be their banner.

Little Big Man said...

These teachers are guilty of child abuse. I would sue. Seriously. Let them see what it is like to give up their house, their car, and to live down at the Y communally sharing their everything with Festus the Flatulent Drunk.

They've done the equivalent of telling children that slavery is good, eating is evil, happiness is evil, and the state should think for you. In my school, they'd be shown the door immediately, even if in the middle of a class. Seriously.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure the teachers, who receive salaries and benefits well above the national average, have been sharing their extra wealth with all of the lower-paid families whose children attend their schools ... right? Otherwise they would be monstrous hypocrites.

Bruce Gottfred said...

Lisa, I am amazed at your ability to start my day with gloom and sadness. Thanks very much for this.

Lisa said...


Um, you're welcome.

MapMaster said...

That Samizdata article about China that you linked to, Bruce, didn't exactly make my day either!