Friday, April 12, 2013

If it's all about the ICE CREAM...

An eye-opening civics lesson by a primary school teacher

The GE was heating up and some of the children in her Standard 3 class showed an interest.

So she decided to hold an election for a class monitor. The children chose their nominees. The nominees make a campaign speech and the class would vote.

There were many nominations and from those, a Scottish laddie named Najib  and Anwar, originally from Aberystwyth in Wales, were picked to run for the top spot.

"The class did done a great job in their selections. Both candidates were good kids.

I thought Anwar might have an advantage because he got lots of parental support.

I had never seen Najib's parents.

The day arrived when they were to make their speeches.

Anwar went first.

He had specific ideas about how to make our class a better place. He ended by promising to do his very best.

Everyone applauded and he sat down.

Now is was Najib 's turn to speak.

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

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

He surely would say more. He did not have to.

A discussion followed. How did he plan to pay for the ice cream? He wasn't sure. But no one pursued that question. They took him at his word.

Would his parents buy it or would the class pay for it...He didn't know.

The class really didn't care. 

All they were thinking about was ice cream...

Anwar was forgotten. Najib won by a landslide."

The Lesson:

If adults are going to act like these little kids in exercising their vote, thinking only about ice cream...........

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