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This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

A nice overview..... especially in Kansas

I haven't posted in a while and that is poor of me but there is just too much going on. I also found out that the kids at school can not post here on our school computers because it is blocked. This irritates me and I vow to get it fixed. I think blogs are too valuable not be integrated into classroom activities. Anyway this government classic was posted at Coach Brown's site and I thought it was worth bring to Halstead.


A bovine guide to political theory

Feudalism : You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.

Fascism : You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them, and sells you the milk.

Pure socialism : You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. You have to take care of all the cows. The government gives you as much milk as you need.

Pure communism : You have two cows. Your neighbors help you take care of them, and you share the milk.

Bureaucratic socialism : You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. They are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and as much eggs as the regulations say you should need.

Russian communism : You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk.

Pure democracy : You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.

Representative democracy; You have two cows. Your neighbors pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.

American democracy : The government promises you two cows if you vote for it. After the election, the president is impeached for speculating in cow features.

Capitalism : You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.

Hong Kong capitalism : You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using the letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt-equity swap with associated general offer so that you will get all four cows back, with a tax deduction for keeping five cows. The milk rights of six cows are transferred via a Panamanian intermediary to a Cayman Islands company secretly owned by the majority shareholder, who sells the rights to all seven cows? milk back to the listed company. The annual report says that the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. Meanwhile, you kill the two cows because the feng shui is bad.

Totalitarism : You have two cows. The government takes them and denies they ever existed. Milk is banned.

Anarchism : You have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbors try to kill you and take the cows.

Dictatorship : You have two cows. The government takes both and shoots you.

Surrealism : You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons

FOR DISCUSSION: Which system of government is practiced in Mr. Warsnak's classroom?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

well....from a students point of view, probably pure communism.. if we have a problem, we all work together to solve it and we all help eachother

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Clemens said...

Well, that is tough to say. If Mr. Warsnak has not changed over the last 2 yrs, there are many options!
Talking about knowledge, i would say that pure socialism rules in Mr. Warsnak's classroom:
The students are the cows that learn in the barn(Mr. Warsnak'S room) and the milk the knowledge every student is willing to obtain.!
When talking about all the fantastic group projects that all the students love so much, I would agree that pure communism governs the classroom, and sometimes also russian communism.
The project - whatever that might be- is the cow, and the credit the entire group gets is the milk and they obviously share....
however, if the group creates a posterboard that Mr Warsnak adores and he decides to put it onto his wall in the classroom that would be a fantastic example for russian capitalism cause Mr. W gets whatever matters!!!!
Maybe it has all changed ever since I left, and anarchie broke out!
Correct me if I am wrong!
Wish you all the best
Clemens

12:02 PM  

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