Wealth is distributed — unfairly– but is not created or earned, according to a lesson called, “Economic Justice: The Scramble for Wealth and Power.”
The children sit in a circle. Some are wearing mittens; others are waiting expectantly with little plastic shovels. The rules of the game state that a few of the children must do nothing but sit and watch as the action begins. On the leader’s “Go!” the children scramble for 100 pennies that have been scattered on the floor in the center of the circle.
Of course, some players get more pennies than others. Those who’ve done well may give pennies to classmates and appear on a list of “donors.”
During the second part of this exercise students are asked to devise plans for a fair distribution of the pennies. They are asked to pass judgment on the other students who did or did not give away some pennies to others, and whether or not there should be a redistribution of wealth in America, and how to accomplish this redistribution.
Modern children all go to birthday parties featuring pinatas, so they have a lot of experience scrambling for goodies; all understand that aggressive grabbers will end up with more than others. But they often believe that the goodies are just there. It would be nice if they learned that there is wealth to distribute or redistribute because somebody filled the pinata.