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Why We Banned Legos
Rethinking Schools ^ | Winter 2006 | Ann Pelo and Kendra Pelojoaquin

Posted on 07/25/2007 7:37:07 PM PDT by Lorianne

Exploring power, ownership, and equity in an early childhood classroom ___

Carl and Oliver,* both 8-year-olds in our after-school program, huddled over piles of Legos. They carefully assembled them to add to a sprawling collection of Lego houses, grocery stores, fish-and-chips stands, fire stations, and coffee shops. They were particularly keen to find and use "cool pieces," the translucent bricks and specialty pieces that complement the standard-issue red, yellow, blue, and green Lego bricks.

"I'm making an airport and landing strip for my guy's house. He has his own airplane," said Oliver.

"That's not fair!" said Carl. "That takes too many cool pieces and leaves not enough for me."

"Well, I can let other people use the landing strip, if they have airplanes," said Oliver. "Then it's fair for me to use more cool pieces, because it's for public use."

Discussions like the one above led to children collaborating on a massive series of Lego structures we named Legotown. Children dug through hefty-sized bins of Legos, sought "cool pieces," and bartered and exchanged until they established a collection of homes, shops, public facilities, and community meeting places. We carefully protected Legotown from errant balls and jump ropes, and watched it grow day by day.

After nearly two months of observing the children's Legotown construction, we decided to ban the Legos.

(Excerpt) Read more at rethinkingschools.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: latteliberal; legos; marxist; socialist; wartoys
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To: Ken H

I agree.


101 posted on 07/26/2007 12:13:51 AM PDT by Pinkbell (I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order. - Mike Pence)
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To: Lorianne

Cut out all the noise? Communism/socialism destroys.


102 posted on 07/26/2007 12:14:54 AM PDT by jwh_Denver (In the Rise and Fall of United States I hope the Fall part is more than one chapter.)
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To: Lorianne
Ah, another case of a discussion we should not be having.

after school program

If their mothers were at home waiting for the kids when school was out, we would not need this.

If we hadn't sent our entire manufacturing base off to China, and if companies were still headed by honest and moral people, the mothers' husbands would be earning a fair family wage such that the mother would not need to work.

And of course, if mother and father stayed married instead of playing the run-around-Sue and sleeping with whoever they crashed with in a drunken stupor the night before.

So dig a little deeper, and we'll find the root of the problem in the existence of these "centers" and the problems that instilled such a "need" in the perverted minds that created them in the first place.

Someone mentioned this is happening in Seattle? What an embarrassment. Still, what should we expect from a state whose proudest Republican is RINO Dan Evans and which elected a good Republican governor in 2004 but swore in a Democrat in 2005?

103 posted on 07/26/2007 12:33:13 AM PDT by Lexinom (http://www.gohunter08.com)
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To: Lorianne

btt


104 posted on 07/26/2007 1:20:43 AM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: aruanan

“Ann Pelo and Kendra Pelojoaquin

So do Ann and Kendra have something going on?”

Don’t know. We will have to ask Nancy PELOsi.


105 posted on 07/26/2007 2:44:12 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Not all Liberals are Communists, but all Communists are Liberals.)
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To: Lorianne
In other words.
They banned Legos (and probably all fun toys) to make the little darlings into the New Soviet Man.
106 posted on 07/26/2007 4:14:54 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Old Sarge; Borax Queen
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.

It's unbelievable how the educational system is so antagonistic toward capitalism and enamored with the failed socialistic ideologies.

107 posted on 07/26/2007 4:18:56 AM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: JasonC
This is a private school - parents pay thousands of dollars to send their kids here to learn this type of trash. If the parents don't like it, they can vote with their feet quite easily.

My guess is that the majority of parents sat back and agreed with the decision as they are actively creating good little socialists.

108 posted on 07/26/2007 4:26:26 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA (Never argue with an idiot. He will bring you down to his level and beat you with experience)
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To: Bernard
Anybody who came up with groundrules like this and expected kids to follow them has never coached a 7&8 yo soccer or T-Ball team. Sounds like the scientists need to spend some time in the real world for a while before they start making observations that other people might actually act on.

No, they know human nature and they hate it, not just the ways it can go astray, but everything. Their goal, like that of those pushing the New Soviet Man and the Aryan Master Race, is to remake human nature.
109 posted on 07/26/2007 4:35:14 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Lorianne
I could understand banning Legos if one kept finding “cool pieces” in his cereal, or if one regularly stepped on them in the middle of the night on a hardwood floor. But these folks are slightly beyond understanding.
110 posted on 07/26/2007 4:35:27 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: aruanan

You forgot another adjective to describe these women: stupid.


111 posted on 07/26/2007 4:40:29 AM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: keepitreal

She is obviously a lunatic.


112 posted on 07/26/2007 4:42:13 AM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: Lorianne

They are communists, and their favorite concept is “ban”.


113 posted on 07/26/2007 4:50:00 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: Lorianne
If the women make a moral claim that what the kids used to be doing with Legos is bad and what they're doing to reshape their attitudes toward work, collectivity, etc., is good, then are they not guilty, by setting the experiment up to begin with, of having fomented (politically) immoral behavior in the children? If, though, they respond that there is no good or bad involved, simply different choices, then are they not getting way too worked up about something on the level of preferring cabbage over carrots?

I remember once a lesson plan for Sunday school about disobedience. The teacher was instructed to bring in an interesting looking box that could easily be opened and place it on the table. The teacher was then to instruct the kids NOT to open the box and then go out of the room on some pretext and later return to ask the kids if any of them were tempted to open the box after being told not to. I thought this exercise was simply evil because it was deliberately setting the kids up to do what they were told not to do. Instead, I discussed with the class what a pathetic pantload this lesson was, what it was ineptly trying to teach, and why it was bad.
114 posted on 07/26/2007 4:59:21 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Caramelgal
This whole article makes my BS meter ring! Ding! Ding! Ding!

Bingo. I think the writers made the whole thing up.

115 posted on 07/26/2007 5:14:12 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Go ahead and water the lawn - my give-a-damn's busted.")
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To: Lorianne

When Legos are outlawed, only outlaws will have Legos.


116 posted on 07/26/2007 5:47:17 AM PDT by Momaw Nadon ("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
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To: SoftballMominVA
I stand by my statement. I know what made the teachers. They are made out of Legos, too.
117 posted on 07/26/2007 5:51:10 AM PDT by JasonC
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To: JasonC
Your statement indicated that you believed that this happened in a public school - it didn't. This is a private school and in reality it is an issue for the consumers of the school and not the tax paying public.

Not sure how teachers are 'made of out of Legos" so I'll just smile and let that one go right on past

118 posted on 07/26/2007 7:03:51 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA (Never argue with an idiot. He will bring you down to his level and beat you with experience)
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To: nicmarlo
Have you checked to see how much parents pay for their children to attend this school? THOUSANDS of dollars. So obviously, the school has no problem engaging in the capitalistic system when it benefits them. I wonder how many poor and underprivileged children are allowed to attend free of charge - or this this indoctrination only for the select few who can afford to be indoctrinated.
119 posted on 07/26/2007 7:06:27 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA (Never argue with an idiot. He will bring you down to his level and beat you with experience)
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To: Lorianne
I'd love to see what these morons could create if they called it a Lego Collective, and doled out the "cool pieces" only to certain elite members of the class, and gave everyone else only those lousy 1-bump Legos to build the rest of the town, and whenever they needed a 4-bump piece or a bigger block, they had to wait for weeks in a line, and then were limited to only two larger pieces at a time, etc. That'd teach the kids the real nature of collectivism, of course.
120 posted on 07/26/2007 7:12:47 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Lorianne
the children were building their assumptions about ownership and the social power it conveys — assumptions that mirrored those of a class-based, capitalist society

No, it conveys a corrupt and oppressive government that won't allow the other children into the free market system of building and playing with Legos. Sheesh, everyone can see that.

121 posted on 07/26/2007 8:04:55 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: Old Sarge

So, these teachers just observed that their socialism and anti-capitalism are

antithetical to human nature.


122 posted on 07/26/2007 8:07:29 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Lorianne
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.

Interesting. Kinda tells me that left alone, folks will gravitate toward a capitalist system, NOT a socialist one. I guess that's what alarmed the socially liberal teachers who consider capitalism "unjust and oppressive".

123 posted on 07/26/2007 8:13:01 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Blind Eye Jones

You hit it right on the head.

Human nature ABHORS the concepts of collectivism outside of the family, except in those cases where someone has greed for the property of others.

These teachers are demonstrating that their ideology cannot be substituted in human nature and society unless it is done through force.


124 posted on 07/26/2007 8:13:09 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Lorianne
Hilltop is located in an affluent Seattle neighborhood, and, with only a few exceptions, the staff and families are white; the families are upper-middle class and socially liberal. Kendra is the lead teacher for the Big Kid program; two additional teachers, Erik and Harmony, staff the program. Ann is the mentor teacher at Hilltop, working closely with teachers to study and plan curriculum from children's play and interactions.

BWHAHAHAHAHAHA... yea and how many of their affluent liberal parents are letting the homeless or less privaleged use the extra thousand or two thousand or more extra square feet of home space that their's have over the norm?

Bunch of hypocritical white guilt idiots.

125 posted on 07/26/2007 8:13:14 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Lorianne

Just wait ‘til these ditzes find out that Legos are made by a for-profit capitalist company that protects its valuable brand aggressively and doesn’t share its profits with anybody and everybody who decides they want a cut.


126 posted on 07/26/2007 8:16:55 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: DocRock
I immediately thought of the videos of terrorist being splattered by the Apaches that I have seen all over the internet. When I got to shake her hand in the greeting line, I said, "I've seen your work on the internet... nice job!" and her reply was, "Awesome, huh?".

One of my nephews flew an Apache Longbow D in Afghanistan. My brother (his Dad) was SO jealous!!

127 posted on 07/26/2007 8:19:53 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Mercat

“These people are just like Delores Umbrage.”

Book 5 of the Potter series convinced me that, despite the liberal decline of the UK in general, at least the redoubtable Mrs. Rowling is on our side.


128 posted on 07/26/2007 8:21:09 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: SoftballMominVA
The ideology of the present crop of teachers is as predictable and deterministic as any other cookie cutter product, and is the actual atrocity on display in the article. And until the production line making the little ideologues is smashed, education in the modern world is completely screwed. Smashing it starts with abolishing the public schools (and tenure, incidentally).
129 posted on 07/26/2007 8:31:46 AM PDT by JasonC
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To: tutstar

read later


130 posted on 07/26/2007 8:39:17 AM PDT by tutstar (Baptist Ping list - freepmail me to get on or off.)
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To: EyeGuy

I’m rereading Order of the Phoenix now before seeing the movie and before reading the new book. The Dummies who are sure that Bush wants to send them to Walmart detention camps probably think that she embodies the evils of the Bush administration but their logic is always so twisted as to not make any sense. But the whole concept of the ministry of magic not wanting the students to learn to defend themselves has to be based on the teachers’ unions.


131 posted on 07/26/2007 8:39:30 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: Old Sarge

When do teachers have the unfettered curriculum right to bash american ecconomics? They have curriculum committees etc.

If a teacher taught an unapproved lesson plan about george wasshington they would be fired.


132 posted on 07/26/2007 8:47:26 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Mercat

“I’m rereading Order of the Phoenix now before seeing the movie and before reading the new book.”

My strategy exactly; I love to read a book right before viewing the movie, particularly a series as true to the books as the Potter movies have been.


“But the whole concept of the ministry of magic not wanting the students to learn to defend themselves has to be based on the teachers’ unions.”

Probably, but I was thinking it was a screaming metaphor for gun “control” laws


133 posted on 07/26/2007 9:43:52 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: aruanan

These are wealthy people. I suppose they got that way through “negotiated decision-making, collaboration, and collectivity.” I think I’m going to puke.


134 posted on 07/26/2007 9:45:06 AM PDT by Chaguito
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To: JasonC

Perhaps, but the school in this article was private, not public. Should it be closed also?


135 posted on 07/26/2007 11:43:23 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA (Never argue with an idiot. He will bring you down to his level and beat you with experience)
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To: SoftballMominVA
obviously, the school has no problem engaging in the capitalistic system when it benefits them.

Naturally! It's that Animal Farm mentality.

136 posted on 07/26/2007 12:02:02 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: Lorianne

Why I continue to say that liberalism is caused by inadequate and poorly functioning mental equipment.


137 posted on 07/26/2007 12:07:17 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: PetroniusMaximus

Good place to bump this thread.


138 posted on 07/26/2007 12:10:13 PM PDT by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq -- via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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To: DocRock

Great story. I have a friend who flies the Apaches - she’s a tough chick and probably almost as brilliant (actually changing to Warrant Officer so she can fly them for the rest of her career). ;)


139 posted on 07/26/2007 12:16:37 PM PDT by Kaylee Frye
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To: Lorianne

And all the cookies lay neatly in place slumbering peacefully as Ann and Kendra lounged passionately on the soft carpet amid a sea of Legos, lost in the idyllic afterglow of shared conquest.


140 posted on 07/26/2007 12:35:57 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Lorianne

I have to admit I read this story this morning and it left me shaking my head in disbelief!

As I drove off to work this story hung with me. I got to thinking about of all things...a Commandment. You know, one of the big 10.

And wondered if it ever occurred to these teachers that what they failed to teach the other children was just as important as their warped sense of “sharing.” Although it is indeed a lesson they themselves never seemed to have learned.

Thou shalt not covet...

to feel inordinate desire for what belongs to another


141 posted on 07/26/2007 5:23:38 PM PDT by EBH
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To: B-Chan
Heck, I'd be happy if she read Starship Troopers by Heinlein. I can't believe he wrote it in 1959. Eerily predictive of this exact situation.
142 posted on 07/26/2007 5:33:28 PM PDT by Spyder
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To: SoftballMominVA
Sure. The kids can pick new parents if they put up with it. And the teachers can be run out of town on a rail. But that's small potatoes; the thing is to smash the entire beast.
143 posted on 07/26/2007 9:30:00 PM PDT by JasonC
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To: keepitreal

Maybe Pelo should go teach her thoughts in countries like Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, so we can have world peace.

Mark


144 posted on 07/29/2007 10:45:28 AM PDT by MarkL (Listen, Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government)
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To: Grunthor; Old Sarge

My wife is TheMom here at FR so it just came naturally to call our children TheBoy and TheGirl.

She is 17 and he is 20.


145 posted on 07/29/2007 11:14:17 AM PDT by Eaker (If illegal immigrants were so great for an economy; Mexico would be building a wall to keep them in)
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To: Lorianne

This reminds me of when several school districts decided to even the playing field between the “rich” and “poor” kids.

On the first day (or so) of school all the children put their school supplies into collective boxes so that the “rich” and “poor” could share the bounty. What really happened as the children’s parent all made similar yearly incomes the parents who tightened their belts in other areas so that they could purchase the 64 count box of crayons for their kids were cheated out of their fine efforts as junior may have had to settle on the 10 count box.

Also there were all of the left handed kids trying to use right handed scissors and vice versa.

Glad I wasn’t in one of those districts as I learned that to have the money for something that I want I have to forgo something else that I want.


146 posted on 07/29/2007 11:31:18 AM PDT by Eaker (If illegal immigrants were so great for an economy; Mexico would be building a wall to keep them in)
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To: CarryaBigStick



147 posted on 07/29/2007 11:43:55 AM PDT by Eaker (If illegal immigrants were so great for an economy; Mexico would be building a wall to keep them in)
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To: irishtenor
I do believe the story of the children is fictitious.

Yes indeed.

148 posted on 07/29/2007 11:49:16 AM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: ken21
“...a critical evaluation of Legotown and the inequities of private ownership and hierarchical authority on which it was founded.

The cold war was a waste of money.

Welcome to the American communist party
public school system.

149 posted on 07/29/2007 1:34:59 PM PDT by Major_Risktaker (Global Warming is a cover story for Peak Oil.)
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To: Lorianne

bttt


150 posted on 03/08/2009 4:11:59 AM PDT by dennisw (Archimedes--- Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum to place it, and I shall move the Earth)
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