We live in the middle of a vast economic empire that takes advantage of meagerly paid overseas labor. Since the world's economies has become interconnected globally, it makes sense that kindergarten should teach about the globe. Global literacy is more important to teach than computer literacy; the latter happens automatically thanks to games.
Our recent study of the globe has made the kindergarteners interested in reading labels. They look at the labels of their clothing and they find words like "Honduras," "Vietnam," "El Salvador," "Mexico," "Guatemala," and "Dominican Republic." They want to know where to find these places on the map.
I'm glad to show them.
Of all labels, probably China is the most common—for shoes for sure. Just about every kindergarten shoe I've seen carries those three magic words: MADE IN CHINA. (What would we do if China suddenly stopped sending shoes to us? Send kids to school barefoot?) A homework assignment almost impossible to complete: bring in a kid's sneaker made in the USA.
These days, it's easy to find things made in China. Fact is, it's getting more and more difficult to find anything manufactured exclusively here in the United States. My cousin, Dan Gurney, makes All American Race cars. A lot of military hardware is made domestically. Ford Trucks, I think, some of them. Chrysler is owned by Mercedes Benz, isn't it?
In getting a photo for tonight's homework, I leaned the paper against something "made" right here in Sebastopol, California: my cat, Frank.