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Toddler Democracy

December 27, 2011

I came across this in a best of list. It’s an old Monkey Cage post on some research from Dietlind Stolle:

First, daycare kids were given clickers and asked to vote which sticker they liked best, one of an ice cream cone or a soccer ball. Because this was a democracy, and ice cream had trounced soccer, everyone got a sticker with an ice cream cone on it. But what would have happened if this wasn’t a democracy? “They voted again for a sticker, but instead they got nap time,” said Stolle. “They were puzzled, and one girl said right away, ‘I want democracy.’ Then all the others joined in. It was fantastic as an experience.”

I wonder if any kids asked why they all had to have the same sticker.

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2 Comments
  1. December 28, 2011 2:29 am

    I wonder if any kids asked why they all had to have the same sticker.

    They get ritalin.

  2. Mac permalink
    January 10, 2012 1:14 pm

    I wonder if any of the kids who like soccer decided to start their own damned daycare.

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