A few weeks ago my 11-year-old son brought home a form for me to sign so he could participate in his school's "Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day." It's supposed to be a chance for kids to job shadow one of their parents, "learn first hand the expectations of the 21st Century workplace and the connections between school subjects and their relevance on the job," and basically get a free day off from school.
My son told me he wanted to go to work with me for a day, and I thought this was kind of odd since I'm a schoolteacher and I figure most people (even 11-year-old people) already feel like they know what schoolteachers do. But his mom works at home on a computer all day, and he said that didn't sound very interesting so he picked me. At first I wasn't sure what I'd do with him ("Just sit over there and watch me teach"?) but then I figured I'd put him in with some of my student groups while they did their work; he's in 6th grade and I teach high school, but I thought he'd do okay.
So I told him okay, but I said I'd need to check with my school first since I wasn't entirely sure what the rules might be for having a middle-school student on our campus for a day. Turns out the rule is: that's not allowed.
That's right. The school system thinks it would be a great idea for you to take your son or daughter to work with you for a day, but not if you work for the school system.
Oh well. I'm sure there's a good reason for the policy but the irony is just too rich. I'm going to suggest that they rename the program "Please Take Your Daughters and Sons To Work Somewhere Else Day."
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