Tuesday, April 03, 2007

I'm a little late on this story but had I known it was out there I would have pounced on it! Thanks for the heads up hubby and a hat tip to: The Kool Aid Report

Hilltop Children's Center

Banning LEGOs

Umm, banning Legos of all things. Why? Perhaps it's time to ban children's centers and pre-schools.
We'll let them explain: "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. 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."
Now why don't they just pass a damn bill in congress to take out any sort of motor skills or imagination when it comes to the kids?!!! Honestly, I don't even understand what the hell these 'teachers' are saying!
"After months of what the teachers called "social justice exploration" — they let the LEGOs back in — but kids were only allowed to build "public structures" of standard sizes in a village dedicated to what they called "collectivity and consensus."
From this paragraph I gather that now in order to raise the Stepford Children that this society is trying to create, we now must tell them at an early age just what they can build and how they can play with their toys.

When I did daycare, I certainly didn't do it to force them not to be creative, assertive, imaginative creatures. Nor did I ever discourage them using their fine motor skills.

Right up there with banning tag at recess or running...the morons in this country come out of the woodwork every day. Our poor kids! I'm really glad mine never had to suffer in pre-school.

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