Skip to comments.A Lesson in the Fundamentals on the Failures of Socialism
Posted on 04/01/2009 7:55:52 AM PDT by albie
My wife works in a conservative Christian Day School. She's an aid to another teacher who claims to be a conservative. They had an Easter Egg hunt last week for the 3 - 4 year olds. After the hunt, this woman instructed my wife to gather all the eggs and be sure that all the kids got an equal amount of candy. (you likely know where this is going) My wife didn't want to do this, but in the environment of excitement etc, felt she had no choice. No time for a healthy discussion of why this is soooo wrong with parents and kids waiting for their candy.
After taking the 12 eggs that "Susie" gathered, and the 4 eggs that "Tommy" gathered and redistributing that to 8 eggs worth of candy for each, the complaints started. One Mother said, "excuse me, but my daughter would like the pink sparkly egg she found. Where is it"? Another said, "Mine is wondering where his blue egg with the red stripe is". My wife caught a rash of sh$$ from several others as well. Instead of placing the blame, rightfully, on the lead teacher, my wife took responsibility, avoided a tussle with the teacher and avoided an issue from the parents and apologized saying it wouldn't happen again. She's good at diplomacy. After school she explained to the teacher that she would NEVER take part in this kind of baloney again and explained why. The teacher still doesn't get it but agreed with my wife not to do it again next year.
My wife's argument: 1) Kids were denied what was rightfully theirs after working for it. 2) The kids have just been taught that being "lazy" and not working so hard would still work out in the end through re-distribution. 3) This is true socialist indoctrination as a result of 1 & 2. 4) This goes against the principles of a conservative day school and could result in a loss in enrollment in the future. 5) What seemed fair, ended up as totally unfair to each and every person involved! Less for some and a bad lesson for those with "more".
What worries me is that so many people, even "conservatives", don't understand this. I think this is a good example of why this new "Forced Volunteerism" bill goes over the heads of so many. As well as the "fairness doctrine" and countless other proposals and bills being headlined as "for the children", "out of fairness for all" etc. These are being passed with little notice and no concern from anybody! That little runt in the WH still has soaring approval numbers!
read the new Alan Keyes article for more on this topic
My brother-in-law just emailed me a similar story last week:
An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student, but had once failed an entire class.
The class (students) insisted that socialism worked since no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism.
“All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.”
After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who had studied hard and actually earned an A were upset when the grades were averaged, while the students who had studied very little were happy.
But, as the second test rolled around, the students who had studied little studied even less and the ones who had studied hard decided that since they couldn’t make an A, they also studied less. The second test average was a D.
No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around the average grade was an F.
The scores never increased as bickering, blame, name calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for anyone else.
To their great surprise, all failed. The professor told them that socialism would ultimately fail because the harder people try to succeed, the greater their reward (capitalism), but when a government takes all the reward away (socialism) no one will try or succeed.
I’ve heard parents say that on the first day of school, their kids were forced to take all their new school supplies, (pencils, notebooks, etc.) and put them into a big bin to be shared by all. I remember as a kid how exciting it was to start a new school year with brand-new, freshly sharpened pencils, new notebooks, crayons and other supplies. I would have been really upset if I’d had to take all my supplies and dump them into a communal bin.
This kind of thing is SO wrong, and teaches a horrible lesson.
Sorry if this hurts - but your wife sounds a lot like our do nothing appeasing Republicans in Congress - afraid of confrontation with Liberal Thinking!
Don’t forget that the kids have also been taught (re-taught) that every occasion, particularly a highly-significant religious occasion, is, in fact, all about how much candy and other useless kitsch you get out of it ... nothing to do with the Lord’s Resurrection or anything like that ...
“Where’s my ...? Where’s my ...? I want MY ...!”
Great story. Very clear and to the point.
The Lib answer?
Stop celebrating all “divisive” Christian holidays.
Institute Sharia practices.
Funny you should say that. I just posted on a Sacramento Bee front-page article that claims that the recession could’ve been avoid if everyone practiced Sharia:
“but your wife sounds a lot like our do nothing appeasing Republicans in Congress”
...no problem. I thought the same thing except with 20, 3-4 year olds and another 20 or so parents I don’t think it was a matter of “appeasment”. It was more like protocal and trying to show respect to the teacher. Most parents got the point, but an open argument with her lead teacher would’ve led to parents wondering if the “insane are running the asylum” so to speak. Their confidence level would’ve been lowered a bit.
“every occasion, particularly a highly-significant religious occasion, is, in fact, all about how much candy and other useless kitsch you get out of it”
...very good point! This is a Christian pre-school so the actual meaning is celebrated thouroughly.
“The professor told them that socialism would ultimately fail because the harder people try to succeed, the greater their reward (capitalism), but when a government takes all the reward away (socialism) no one will try or succeed”.
...great additional argument against equal distribution! Thanks.
I would hope so! However, the fight over the candy suggests that both the head teacher and some of the parents lost sight of the point. (The symbolism of the eggs can be pointed out irrespective of how many each child has.) Not a good example for the children, imo. Religious holidays should never be about teaching or reinforcing selfishness and greed.
Nothing personal, I'm just a crank on this particular topic! My children will all have to get good jobs to pay for therapy ;-).
“Sorry if this hurts - but your wife sounds a lot like our do nothing appeasing Republicans in Congress - afraid of confrontation with Liberal Thinking!”
I understand your thinking, but when you’re actually in a situation like that, it becomes more difficult. You’re dealing with people you’re going to see later, so you don’t want to alienate others, especially with little kids around.
The wife could perhaps come up with some way to diplomatically discuss the situation later on.
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