The culture of competition
Buy low. Sell high. That’s what we're teaching our kids in school today. The Stock Market game has blasted its way into the classroom. Budding Buffets as young as eight can now learn what drives Wall Street—money and lots of it. "We can teach them that their main goal is to buy and sell stock," says Ted Young, the game's creator and maths teacher at Centralia Junior High School in Illinois. Students play the roles of 20 buyers, four brokers and a banker-policeman-tax collector. According to Young, the kids love the broker job as they get a kick out of seeing their friends profiting and their enemies losing. Stock prices are posted on computers and when the bell sounds, trading begins. "The kids will push and shove and run to get to make trades on hot stock," says Young. "That’s when the police officer comes in. Tempers can flare. Kids get in fights."
The culture of failure