The National Review Online has an interesting article about why an after-school program (temporarily) banned Legos from their classroom:
“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.”
Mm-hmm. As a result of this concern, the teachers banned Legos while they discussed with each other and the 5-9 year old children a new social order for their Legotown. (Seriously, they call it that throughout their article.)
When they re-introduced the Legos, they decided to combat the “unjust and oppressive” capitalist society that was being developed in their classroom the only way that Communists know how: State Controls.
- 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.
That last line’s pretty sad. All structures will be standard sizes. You may not build a sky scraper, an airport, a space ship, or any other interesting project. You may only be one of the faceless horde, with your box that is exactly the same size as everyone else’s boxes. Also, anyone can use your box, whether you want them to or not.
Way to take all the fun out of playtime guys.
Capitalism is prevalent because it works. It works really well. Ask the Soviets and the Cubans. Ask the Chinese, who are experiencing economic revival as they embrace capitalism. It doesn’t matter that not everyone gets and equal piece of the pie; in fact, society breaks when everyone gets the same thing. Instead of progress–better healthcare, more food, more clothing, advanced technology–you end up with lots of boring boxes of standard size.
(Via the Liberty Belles)