Could it work in the law?
I honestly wonder if this would work for lawmaking as well. I have thought about it before. Can children reach conclusions better than, or at least similar to, those adults reach about which normative values should undergird new law and how those norms should be implemented?
After all, adults bring so much baggage to lawmaking. Personal, political and economic biases undoubtedly inform and even degrade even the most earnest approaches to legislation. Of course, children will would likely bring to bear on their legislative efforts some of the biases instilled in them, whether inadvertently or deliberately, by their parents.
But the effect of a child’s lack of personally researched and passionately held practical and philosophical positions on lawmaking is still worth exploring, even if as nothing more than a thought experiment.
If you’re interested in this line of thought, watch this video of kids reacting to gay marriage. The reactions vary, and some clearly stem from parental influence, but it’s extraordinary to watch, if for nothing else than their candor. Congress, ever burdened by political posturing and face-saving, could use an infusion of candor.