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\”Why We Banned Legos\” and other resources for teaching about markets and capitalism.”Why We Banned Legos, by Ann Pelo and Kendra Pelojoaquin
Having been involved with the Lego Robotics program, the title took me by surprise. I was also shocked because I know from working with kids how precious legos can be recreationally. But then I read that they didn’t actually “ban” it and then the article really got interesting. It truly captured the mind of a child and how they view leadership, creating groups, valuable things, and the concept of inclusion and fairness.
It’s amazing how a simple game that originally for fun can not only help with building skills, geometry, creativity, and teamwork lead to such a problem solving – community conflict resolution exercise. The children became really really invested. And although for awhile they excluded others in the long run what a beautiful and fantastic lesson to see.
They were having active and engrossing passionate discussions on very important topics in a way that is relevant to their
present interests and as they get older. Many of these topics are highly contentious and discussed today in the media and throughout politics: how leaders are chosen, helping new neighbors into your community, what power looks like and they most effective ways to use it for everyone’s benefit; ownership, ethics, the distribution of wealth, charity, etc… Likely without even realizing it they were learning the beginnings of how policies are made based on the needs of a community.
This example is great because it demonstrates that no person is to young to learn how to be involved and that everyone can have a voice in a cause they wish to impact. Imagine if we can teach our children how to discuss issues close to their heart and find a solution without a gridlock and without becoming nasty. I say the possibilities are endless. I highly recommend taking the time to read this story.