Thursday, March 1, 2007

L'Eggo My Lego

Maureen Martin at TCS Daily notes an article in Rethinking Schools [print only] about Seattle teachers who temporarily banned Legos from the classroom.
The children were allegedly incorporating into Legotown "their assumptions about ownership and the social power it conveys." These assumptions "mirrored those of a class-based, capitalist society -- a society that we teachers believe to be unjust and oppressive."

The ban was lifted, conditionally.
At the end of that time, Legos returned to the classroom after the children agreed to several guiding principles framed by the teachers, including that "All structures are public structures" and "All structures will be standard sizes."

All and all you're just another little plastic brick in the wall.

(via Sykes Writes)

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