Second-Grader Demonstrates the Importance of Institutions

Here’s an interesting article that demonstrates the importance of institutions in society:

When second-grader Christian Bucks noticed that some of his friends didn’t have anyone to play with on the playground at Roundtown Elementary School in York, Pa., he decided to take action to help foster friendships at his school, setting forth to acquire a buddy bench.

The way the buddy bench works is if students feel lonely on the playground without anything to do, they can go to the buddy bench, and another student will come to the bench and ask if they want to play or talk.

If two people are sitting at the bench, they could ask each other if they want to play, Christian said.

He described the buddy bench as having a purpose to “grow our dream circle of friends.”

Bucks first learned of the buddy bench concept when his father, Justin Bucks, began talking with his family about the possibility of moving temporarily to one of his employer’s international companies, Alyson Bucks, Christian’s mother, said.

During their research, they showed their children a few international schools, and a buddy bench at a school in Germany caught Christian’s attention.

One thing that I like about modern neo-classical economists is their emphasis on the role institutions play in guiding knowledge. This young child’s actions demonstrate just that.