Some of you may have seen this? Some of you may not have?
I just can't pass it by.
If you leave a comment. And I hope you do. Don't waste any time on "her parents wrote it." Or anything along that line.
Twelve year old children are completely capable of understanding concepts such as the one this girl explains, if they have involved, concerned and aware parents.
If children have parents, who think there "parenting" consists of providing cable television and video games, so real true parenting can be avoided, then this little gals understanding a rather simplistic concept will seem an impossibility.
How involved are her parents in making her aware of the role debt enslavement and banking will inevitably play in her life?? As was covered in the Toronto Star this past week-end......
Very. I have nothing but respect and admiration for them.
An A student, Victoria
spent weeks preparing it. “She is friendly and bubbly, but also very
determined, hard-working and disciplined,” says her mother, Marcia, a
principal at Guelph’s Resurrection Christian Academy. Banking has been dinner table conversation at the Grant household for
some time. Zane has a bee in his bonnet about private banks, profits and
national debt and has been sharing with the family.
He sees it as an ethical issue. “Money drives wars,” he says. “Bankers
provide the money . . . Why aren’t we taking the money that is used for
war and giving it to people who actually need it.”
So when Victoria needed a topic for a speech competition organized by
the Association of Christian Schools International, she chose banking.
“It doesn’t sound right,” Victoria says, “that the government,
like, has been borrowing from private banks and putting us into debt.”
Indeed, the Grant family, including brothers Joshua, 8, and Ethan,
5, troop down to the basement after their 5:30 dinner a few times a
week, write on a white board, share new ideas and learn new words. For a
while they were working on fractional reserve lending, where banks hold
only a fraction of customers’ deposits in reserve.
They watched videos on the history of banking in Canada. They played a game to illustrate how banks fail. Using silver coins he buys for the kids every month, Grant played the banker, accepting coins each child deposited.
Then his wife asked for a loan and got it. The kids asked to withdraw their money and, voilà — no cash in the bank.
It isn’t all economics talk in the Grant household. Victoria did
competitive gymnastics and now plays soccer. They go camping in the
summer. Friday night they were at Cirque du Soleil. Victoria likes to
design clothes and watch TV shows including A.N.T. Farm and Good Luck
More recently, they’ve been talking values, says Grant. “I started
asking how you determine if something has value, how much is a house
worth, or clothes. What is of ultimate value in our lives?”
Why this style of parenting? “I want to make sure they can learn
how to think critically,” he says. “I want them to question. Obviously
my daughter is influenced by my opinions, but there’s going to come a
time when she’s going to say, ‘Dad, I don’t agree with you.’ I want her
to think it through herself.”