Object Lessons: Rantings of a Lone Pamphleteer
In Which I Explain to the Twins How Trump WonThe twins are very put out about the election. They cannot understand why Trump is President-Elect if Hillary won the popular vote. So here's how I explained it to two 6-year-olds (paraphrased and in brief):
"So, kids, let's say the first grade classes are getting together for a big party. The school is going to buy one big cake, but it has to be all the same flavor. The choices are Vanilla..."
Salem "NO! No Chocolate!"
"It's Fine, it's not a real cake."
Jack: "They have Strawberry CAKE?"
"Yes,... Listening ears please. Now, each class has 11 or 12 kids, and everyone votes." (Filled in chart as below, explaining and asking them to do parts).
"Now, there are 46 kids, and 15 voted for Vanilla, 22 voted for Chocolate ..."
"It's ok, just wait for it, and 9 voted for Strawberry. Which one wins?"
"Listening ears, please. Now, if everyone's vote counts, then Chocolate wins. BUT that's not how the Presidential election is done. It's like this: instead of counting all the votes, each class sends a teacher to the office to tell which cake won the vote in their class. (filled in the Class Winner column) Which flavor wins?"
Salem: "Vanilla! Yea!"
Jack: "That's not fair!!"
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