The cow and the ice cream – An Australian Story, but you can easily adapt it to our political landscape, the lesson is very current and a great explanation for Free Ice Cream and other Free Stuff
From a teacher in the Geelong area “We are worried about ‘the cow’ when it is all about the ‘Ice Cream.’
The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade this year…
The 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 Olivia 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 Olivia’s mother.
The day arrived when they were to make their speeches.
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.
Everyone applauded and he sat down.
Now it was Olivia’s turn to speak.
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. Olivia won by a landslide.
So what then is Democracy?
It’s essentially when 51% of the people tell the other 49% what to do
Every time a politician opens their mouth, they offer ice cream and 51 percent of the people often act like nine year olds.
They want ice cream. !!
The other 49 percent know they’re going to have to feed the cow and clean up the mess.
Remember, the government cannot give anything to anyone – that they have not first taken away from someone else.
Anyone for strawberry ice cream ?