As many of you know, I do some substitute teaching for elementary school grades. Today I had a second grade class that was given an assignment to complete over the weekend. They had to make a list of the top four things they would change if given the opportunity.
The following is a list of the top suggestions as voted on by eighteen second grade students. After compiling this list, the students were then allowed to cast two votes each for the selection they thought should win. Those votes are in parentheses.
Welcome to the mind of a second grader.
1. Must be at least four years old to be president. (4)
2. Must be at least 6 years old to vote. (1)
3. Allowed to eat candy every day. (7)
4. Treat everyone fairly. (1)
5. Will be paid 100.00 dollars on a daily basis. (6)
6. No smoking (4)
7. Recycle (1)
8. Eat pizza every day (2)
9. Have fun (4)
10. No bad words (5)
11. No littering (1)
12. No Healthy Eating (0)
The top vote getter was eating candy everyday followed closely by being paid 100.00 dollars on a daily basis. So clearly money and candy are big priorities for second graders who at least understand the concept of not being able to have one without the other. Though how far 100.00 dollars goes based on the price of candy these days is wide open for discussion.
I thought it was interesting that you could be president at 4 but not allowed to vote until 6. Sort of cuts down on your constituency, don’t you think?
I’m heartened by the interest in not smoking or use of bad words but surprised by only one vote for treating people fairly. But then, maybe they understand the concept of being president at four and how that relates to politics and a lack of fairness to the general playground population.
I also like that having fun had some votes but disappointed there were only two votes for eating pizza everyday since that would have been close to the top of my list.
No healthy eating? I don’t even know where to go with that or what might have been in the mind of the individual who offered this up but at least it didn’t get any votes, not even from the one who suggested it. Although I do wonder what side of the extreme food chain, his or her eating habits currently fall.
Finally, recycling and no littering seem to be bringing up the rear which makes me wonder if they have any interest or concept of the environment. Then again, how much can you expect from little candy eating, capitalist politicians?
So what would have been your two top votes on this list? Anything you would have added?
Is your mind really that much different from a second grader?
Yeah, I didn’t think so.