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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
An email I just received.

From a teacher in the Cedar Rapids area*

Civics 101,
I just had to say this. We are worried about "the cow" !

It's all about the Ice Cream.

The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching
third
grade this year. The presidential election was heating up and some
of
the children showed an interest. I decided we would have an
election for
a class president. We would choose our nominees. They would make
a
campaign speech and the class would vote.

To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class
members.

We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students should
have.
We got many nominations and from those, Jamie and Cindy were
picked to
run for
the top spot.

The class had done a great job in their selections. Both
candidates
were good kids. I thought Jamie might have an advantage because he
got
lots of parental support. I had never seen Cindy's mother.
The day
arrived when
they were to make their speeches and Jamie went first. He had
specific
ideas about how to make our class a better place. He ended by
promising
to do his
very best. Every one applauded. He sat down and Cindy came to the
podium.

Her speech was concise. She said, "If you will vote for me,
I will
give you ice cream." She sat down.

The class went wild. "Yes! Yes! We want ice cream."

She surely would say more. She did not have to. A discussion
followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream? She
wasn't sure.
Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it. She
didn't know.
The class
really didn't care. All they were thinking about was ice
cream. Jamie
was forgotten. Cindy won by a landslide.

Every time Barrack Obama opens his mouth, he offers ice cream, and
fifty percent of America react like nine year olds.

They want ice cream.

The other fifty percent know they're going to have to feed the
cow.
post #2 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
An email I just received.

From a teacher in the Cedar Rapids area*

Civics 101,
I just had to say this. We are worried about "the cow" !

It's all about the Ice Cream.

The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching
third
grade this year. The presidential election was heating up and some
of
the children showed an interest. I decided we would have an
election for
a class president. We would choose our nominees. They would make
a
campaign speech and the class would vote.

To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class
members.

We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students should
have.
We got many nominations and from those, Jamie and Cindy were
picked to
run for
the top spot.

The class had done a great job in their selections. Both
candidates
were good kids. I thought Jamie might have an advantage because he
got
lots of parental support. I had never seen Cindy's mother.
The day
arrived when
they were to make their speeches and Jamie went first. He had
specific
ideas about how to make our class a better place. He ended by
promising
to do his
very best. Every one applauded. He sat down and Cindy came to the
podium.

Her speech was concise. She said, "If you will vote for me,
I will
give you ice cream." She sat down.

The class went wild. "Yes! Yes! We want ice cream."

She surely would say more. She did not have to. A discussion
followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream? She
wasn't sure.
Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it. She
didn't know.
The class
really didn't care. All they were thinking about was ice
cream. Jamie
was forgotten. Cindy won by a landslide.

Every time Barrack Obama opens his mouth, he offers ice cream, and
fifty percent of America react like nine year olds.

They want ice cream.

The other fifty percent know they're going to have to feed the
cow.
Gosh, all this time I thought it was McCain offering the ice cream - go figure!
post #3 of 8
I get this kind of thing all the time in emails from my conservative friends. It's too simplistic and too silly for my taste.
post #4 of 8
Oh that's just great. Now, not only do I have to deal with spam in my in box. It's also on The Cat Site!
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Oh, I apologize, I didn't realize that everything in life has to complicated.
post #6 of 8
By the time the ice cream gets to us, it'll all be melted and turned sour.
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by coaster View Post
By the time the ice cream gets to us, it'll all be melted and turned sour.
I'm not rich, but I can still afford to buy ice cream that doesn't have a string attached.
post #8 of 8
I guess it's a good thing kids aren't voting in the elections.

Our daughter's class (then grade 4) had a similar experience last year when they did a lesson on government. They did an election for Prime Minister. There were four kids running for the office.

One morning, the children noticed that one candidate's campaign posters were mysteriously torn down. Nobody did anything about it.

Another candidate promised that, if she won, she would bring cupcakes for the class. This girl's mother was known to bake goodies for the class on special occasions so it was a pretty safe bet this would happen.

Another candidate copied posters and adopted another's slogan as her own.

And the last candidate, the one who won, promised cupcakes, ice cream, chips, and a movie for the class. Did the winner keep his promise? He brought a little bag of potato chips to school the day after he won.

All the kids learned much more about politics than was originally intended.
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