4.16.2008

Kid Pro Quo

Mike and I are creating a new curriculum for home schoolers called "Law for the Little Guy (Bring your Kids up to Legal Snuff) ". Here is the first lesson, on Quid Pro Quo:

First, we explain the definition: In legal usage, quid pro quo indicates that an item or a service has been traded in return for something of value, usually when the propriety or equity of the transaction is in question. For example, under the common law (except in Scotland), a binding contract must involve consideration: that is, the exchange of something of value for something else of economic value. If the exchange appears excessively one sided, courts in some jurisdictions may question whether a quid pro quo did not actually exist and the contract may be voidable. (wikipedia)

Then, we come up with a mnemonic device for the concept:

Hey Homey, what's up bro?
I gave 6+3 to you, and got back nine

That’s called a quid pro quo

I scratched your back, you scratched mine


Finally, to cement the concept, we find a way to help the kids apply this to real life. Mike thought to buy some chicks along with the Mallard ducks we get every year (BEST pets ever, because they swim away in 6 short weeks and you never have to clean up their poop again for as long as you live). So we brought these chicks home and told the kids "this is Quid Pro Quo: we feed them for 56 days, then they feed us".

2 comments:

SiouxsieQ said...

I've noticed a propensity among homeschoolers to select vocations for their children, but you must be the first one who has obviously decided when your children are extremely young that they will be going into the legal profession. It must be nice to know so far ahead what your children will be doing when they reach adulthood. At least, I assume that is why you came up with this excellent curriculum? Will you have a booth at the homeschool convention this year?

randall said...

so i showed the quid pro quo thing to a couple people - that last bit about feeding the birds and then they feed us was hysterical!

if you want to do another like story you could use "res ipsa loquitur" - the thing speaks for itself http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res_ipsa_loquitur

it's a tort thing (civil suit e.g. personal injury). The lamp is broken, you were the only one home, it was fine when we left - therefore - res ipsa loquitur - it's your fault.