What’s the Matter with Susie?
We do a lot of voting in my class. It helps kids learn about the democratic process and all that crap. When we do it, I usually talk about motivations for making a particular choice when voting, trying to send home the message that the decision is ultimately theirs but that they should vote for what they want or think is right. Today, I asked what they should do if they want one choice but a good friend has chosen another. Susie responded with, “You should choose what your friend wants because if you really like them, it will make them happy if their choice wins.”
BUT DON’T YOU REALIZE YOU’RE VOTING AGAINST YOUR OWN SELF-INTERESTS, KID?!?!