Do you want your children to have some fun this summer, but also learn a little about the gold standard and the evils of socialism? Tampa Liberty School may be just what you need. The summer camp, which is run by a Florida Tea Party group, is open to kids ages 8 to 12 and will run for one week in July. The St. Petersburg Times reports that this year's activities include the following games:
"Children will win hard, wrapped candies to use as currency for a store, symbolizing the gold standard. On the second day, the "banker" will issue paper money instead. Over time, students will realize their paper money buys less and less, while the candies retain their value."
"Starting in an austere room where they are made to sit quietly, symbolizing Europe, the children will pass through an obstacle course to arrive at a brightly decorated party room (the New World). Red-white-and-blue confetti will be thrown. But afterward the kids will have to clean up the confetti, learning that with freedom comes responsibility."
"Children will blow bubbles from a single container of soapy solution, and then pop each other's bubbles with squirt guns in an arrangement that mimics socialism. They are to count how many bubbles they pop. Then they will work with individual bottles of solution and pop their own bubbles. "What they will find out is that you can do a lot more with individual freedom," [organizer Jeff] Lukens said."
Wow, expect that banking game to really change the way kids think about the monetary system. After the games are over, maybe they'll have time to correct kids on what their liberal teacher told them about Paul Revere.
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