Seattle day care indoctrinates 8 year old capitalists into collectivism

According to this article:

Into their coffee shops and houses, 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.


We met as a teaching staff later that day. We saw the decimation of Lego-town as an opportunity to launch a critical evaluation of Legotown and the inequities of private ownership and hierarchical authority on which it was founded. Our intention was to promote a contrasting set of values: collectivity, collaboration, resource-sharing, and full democratic participation.

In the end, the writers report, the teachers successfully indoctrinated the children. This happened (and presumably is happening) at "Hilltop Children's Center, a child care program in Seattle." (via hacker news)

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This sort of thing is

This sort of thing is certainly irritating, but do you believe that these kids will now grow up to be more collectivist than they otherwise would?

Yes and no

I think probably their personal behavior will be largely unchanged, but they will learn to parrot, and often believe in, and vote in accordance with, the platitudes of collectivism. It is perfectly possible for the same person to argue with neighbors over property lines, easements, and the like while at the same time fervently supporting, and voting for, communists, for example.

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I can't wait to hear how they teach children about collaboration and democracy. From what I've read so far, the teachers took advantage of what amounted to a natural disaster (some other kids using the classroom destroyed the Lego structures, presumably by accident) by unilaterally removing the Legos from the classroom. And then they talked to the kids about it.

Kids can smell a rat.

Indoctrination with socialism is a standard part of the school curriculum, in both private and government schools. This set in sometime after 1970.

I learned of this mainly by hearing my kids spontaneously rejecting it - they were taught the song "This land is my land, this land is your land", and then had the socialist subtext of the song explained and drummed into them, whereupon they created the song "This land is my land, it is not your land, cause I have a shotgun"

If the communists could not create new socialist man, the American school system will have limited success. What however, it may well succeed in doing is, as you suggested, create people who *vote* for socialism, who feel that they really should like socialism, approve of socialism, and disapprove of capitalism, even if in actual practice they do not.


Indoctrination with socialism is a standard part of the school curriculum.

Yes, and I'll take this opportunity to clarify that I do not find remarkable or surprising what they are doing in this particular day care, but rather, this article is useful because of how freely and unselfconsciously it admits what is being done. The authors are not at all embarrassed or apologetic about their program of indoctrination into collectivist ideology precisely because it is the uncontroversial standard in the business of teaching American kids. The only thing the authors find noteworthy is the novel method they have found to re-educate our children: withhold the Legos, and do not give them back until the children have been successfully coached into agreeing to the desired collectivist outcome.

It is not really that novel. One method used by dog trainers is to withhold a favorite toy, allowing the dog briefly to play with it each time he successfully gives the behavior desired by the trainer.