Boys vs Girls

Found this insightful little lesson on JonGalloway.ToString().

Apparently a 4th grade teacher is trying to teach life lessons early…

Here are the rules:
Each week, you get a salary of funny money (I think it can vary depending on grades and behavior, but the details aren’t important). There are cheap, flashy toys you can buy with your funny money.

Catch number one: You must pay rent on your desk. The rent turns out to be a significant amount of the funny money.

Catch number two: You can save up and buy your desk. This takes several weeks of saving. After you’ve bought your desk, you no longer pay rent, so you’ve got more money each week.

Catch number three (my favorite): After you’ve bought your desk, you can buy another student’s desk. They must pay you rent (unless they save up and buy the desk).

What’s funny is that the same thing happens every year – the boys blow all their money on the flashy toys, while the girls all save up and buy their desks. Then the girls buy the boys’ desks. Then the girls buy all the best goodies. The boys get outraged at having to pay rent to a girl, and that the girls have all the money.

Comments? How does it make you feel?


5 Responses to “Boys vs Girls”

  • John Says:

    Ug! story make john mad, want to pull girls hair.

    I’d love to hear everyone’s take on the moral to this story.

  • stevievan Says:

    every kid is different. My daughter spends while my son saves. Go figure….

  • blaine Says:

    a kidzdesks-dot-biz ipo is on the horizon … and then, armageddon baby.

  • Jen Says:

    I have two responses to this:

    1. Feminist response:
    Females of the world…unite! First let’s take their desks, then all their money! I love it! Mua-Ha-ha-hahaaaa……(diabolical laugh, rubbing hands together).

    2. Not-so-feminist-mother -of-two-response:
    Perhaps women were engineered to create a stable environment for themselves and those they care for…a nest if you will? Even young ones? Perhaps this is why little girls nurture dollies (or bugs and stray critters), and boys blow stuff up! Maybe boys are about the here and now, girls are about the future and security.

    I guess I can’t say I’m very surprised by the whole thing. Very interesting.

  • Nick Ciske Says:

    Is this true as we mature? Seems like the stereotype of grown women is that they are the spenders.

    If the prizes were shoes… it would be a whole different story 😉

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