Comments: Letter to a Teacher

Way to go Bou!

Posted by Rachel at April 22, 2009 04:55 AM

Yes! I hope she gets it too. As a teacher, she should be all for this experience.

Posted by oddybobo at April 22, 2009 08:10 AM

Way to go!! I'm just astounded that his teacher missed the whole point of the day!! Hopefully she gets it now.

Posted by Nina at April 22, 2009 09:01 AM

I really think there should be a minimum age in which kids attend TYKTWD.

Its whole purpose is to teach the kid what that job requires (as in education, skills, etc). It's not about having a fun day and drawing and eating, which most companies have turned it into.

And actually it started out as take your daughter to work day so girls could learn that they can do anything they put their minds to, even jobs that are typical "man" jobs.

Posted by Quality Weenie at April 22, 2009 09:04 AM

It seems to me that kids of Ringo's age would get the most out of "take your child to work" day. They are old enough to understand things and young enough to make a serious effort toward any career in their high school classes.

Of course I can understand the teacher thinking most kids will use it as a day off school without paying the least attention (if they even go to the office with mom or dad and don't just take a day off).

I would think the way for the teacher to make the most of this would be to have the kids write a one page paper about what they experienced at the work place.

What did they learn about what their parent does. What did they observe about employee interactions. What did they learn about responsibility in whatever position the parent holds. Why is this job important! She could even create parameters that they should look for to make it easier to write about. Everyone who earns a pay check has these parameters - from janitors, to cooks at McDonalds, to store cashiers, to rocket scientists... All jobs have a purpose and serve a need or they cease to exist.

That would make the less motivated students really think a bit about what they saw and learned. And possibly give their minds something to grasp other than... okay nice office. Heh.

Posted by Teresa at April 22, 2009 10:15 AM

Great letter! Now if you could only fix comments.

Posted by Denny at April 22, 2009 11:39 AM

I did TYCTWD before it was even a glimmer in the NOW mind. My co-workers have commented about the experience from back then (1980's).

Now I would need to take then out of work (not school) for them to participate.

They did take time out (on their lunch hour) when we had the AH-64 Apache on the lawn last summer.

I doubt if they remember (I will have to ask) the time when we had the M1A2 in the parking lot (20 years ago) along with other (I forget which) helicopters.

Posted by The Thomas at April 22, 2009 12:34 PM

Say, I've worked on the F-xx too, as well as its cousins A-x, F-iv, F-xvi, F-xviii, F-xxii, F-xxxv, X-xlv, and X-xlvii.

Posted by The Thomas at April 22, 2009 02:33 PM

Great letter! How unbelievably sad that the teacher was discouraging the kids from going. Argh! I cringe when I hear stories like this. Unfortunately, I hear stories like this all too often. I'm glad that you stepped up and stepped in.

Posted by DogsDontPurr at April 22, 2009 03:46 PM

its possible that the teacher comes from the perspective of having been to one or more of the useless ones. In my case, went as a child and parents company corralled all the kids for "activities" and "demonstrations" that showed you nothing about what your parent actually did. I seem to remember disney movies being involved. if that's your only experience with it, then yes it seems like a fluff skip a day of school thing. as i recall my dad got mad that they so completely missed the point and never took me again because it that case, school was more valuable, you weren't learning anything at the activities. he took me into his work again when it was unofficial and i had a day off school anyway so he could show me what he REALLY did with his time. I am sure (I hope!) that with an explanation that yours is not a blow it off fluff one, she will be more receptive and encouraging of the idea. and probably more tolerant in future years... although i like the paper idea! If it comes up with my students thats what I'll do! (right now mine are too young to qualify, not too old.)

Posted by epione at April 22, 2009 06:11 PM

Half dozen years back I had one of my daughters sit through an IPDT meeting, complete with pontificating and everything.

I will do anything to make sure that they don't end up as engineers.

Posted by The Thomas at April 22, 2009 09:53 PM

CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP

Posted by DammitWomann at April 22, 2009 10:17 PM

Good for you, Bou! :)

Posted by Richmond at April 23, 2009 09:06 AM

Good for you. Unless she's a dolt (which I suspect she is not) she will be on the same page with you on this.

Posted by Carmen at April 23, 2009 10:37 AM

Very good! I wonder how many parents would just say okay and not take their children because the teacher frowned on it.

Posted by Dash at April 23, 2009 10:45 AM