Can’t you understand what’s happening? Don’t you see what’s happening? Potter isn’t selling. Potter’s buying! And why? Because we’re panicky and he’s not. That’s why. He’s picking up some bargains. Now, we can get this thing all right. We’ve got to stick together, though. We’ve got to have faith in each other.
The scene outlined above is one of my favorites from one of my favorite Christmas films, It’s a Wonderful Life. George is, of course, making the case why the individual member of the community who is being served by the local building and loan must not decide to pull their funds out at once or else the whole institution will collapse. George is having a hard time convincing the individuals to think larger than themselves and to consider the institution and what it provides to the community. I found myself mentally coming back to this particular scene as I thought about the recent efforts to push so-called “school choice” in Mississippi. I believe this particular scene in the movie provides us with great insight into our present situation in Mississippi public education by illustrating the main elements of the “school choice” movement in regards to motivation, action, and consequences.