Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I Want Democracy

The Montreal Gazette covers an experiment carried out by political scientist 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.”

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