When we started discussing this question, 9 pupils initially said they thought the rich people's possessions were more valuable and 13 chose the poorer people. We shared our thoughts on the difference between sentimental possessions and material possessions and thought about the gratitude each group would show if they were given something reasonably small, such as a loaf of bread. This was a turning point in our debate, as many of the pupils then realised that the poorer you are, the more you value everything and anything that you are able to acquire, regardless of how small it may be.
At the end of the debates, nobody thought the rich people's possessions were more valuable and EVERY SINGLE CHILD considered the poorer people's possessions to carry a greater value.
Some of their reasons are:
In Literacy this week, we have been exploring the quality of life of different groups of people in India. We found it fascinating to see that in some areas, slums and mansions are side by side, divided only by a row of trees. After talking about the differences between the lives of the people living in these two areas, we decided to have a debate about whose possessions were more valuable; those worth lots of money or those where every possession had greater value because they had so little.
This provoked an extremely mature conversation, with the children in Class 3 identifying reasons for their choices, thinking about the lives of others and speculating as to what might be more valuable to different groups of people. I can't wait to talk about it more tomorrow!