Wednesday, October 19, 2005

exchange city, part 2  

posted by Michael Piwonka 10:49 PM
I had a fabulous time at Exchange City with Allie's class today. And the kids had even more fun than I did.

The staff does an incredible job of orchestrating the kids, turning what appears initially to be chaos into a smoothly running machine. The kids dive right into their respective tasks, and a fully-functioning economy is born.

It's amazing how seriously the kids take their jobs, especially the policeman, who enjoy ticketing citizens for running, yelling, or stepping in the flowerbeds. Anyone ticketed gets to appear before the judge to plead their case, often to no sympathy. A fine is paid, and they're back on their way. Except that their shopping power is lessened, having used some of their hard-earned salary to pay the fine.

Allie did a great job, and levied a few fines for businesses that didn't keep their shops clean and safe. She had so much fun that she has indicated that she wants to attend a week-long summer camp at Exchange City.

During the camp, the kids take a much more detailed look at the workings of a city. I told her I would be more than happy to investigate the camp for next summer.

Another part of the day that intrigued me was the trip to and from Exchange City with the kids on the school buses. The teachers did a great job of keeping the kids quiet on the bus, behaving much better than I remember when I was a kid.

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