Several school districts in Chicago are the harbingers of doom, and by “harbingers of doom,” I mean “children are totally despising the kill-joys that are trying to prevent them from accompanying their parents to work despite the fact that it’s been an ongoing ritual for as long as they can remember.”
Take Our Daughters
and Sons to Work Day officially began in 1993 and served the purpose of a mentoring-type program for children to learn what it was to be in a work environment and sharing said experiences the next day with their peers and teachers. The program was initially designed to deter young women from dropping out of school due to the stresses of “rigorous science courses” and a lack of self-esteem. This was evidently a problem in the early nineties. Ten years after, the opportunity to go to work with their parents was extended to male children.
The third week of April was chosen because studies stated that the school year was “least busy” at this time.
However, officials in nearby districts of Chicago like Hawthorn School District and Naperville School District both state that children will most definitely be marked absent and will be responsible to make up any work that’s missed during the hours of their absence. Many teachers involved in the movement state that the Take Your Child to Work Day should be moved to the summer so as not to interrupt the child’s school career.
A representative from the Hawthorn SD states that children absent from school on a high level often leave the teachers high and dry:
“If so many children are out on the same day, everything that’s done has to be redone. We’re responsible for every bit of the Illinois learning standards. That’s a lot of information to pack into 180 school days.”
I didn’t ever participate in TYCTW Day. My mom was a stay-at-home mom and my father was in the military, so my only options were staying home or hopping a flight to wherever my dad happened to be touring at the time. Since my parents couldn’t afford to send me to Prague, Somalia or California every other month, my only valid option was to stay home. And my parents wouldn’t hear of it.
I can understand the district’s disdain for children missing school — it does, after all, impede upon the child’s school education, albeit in a small way, but I can also understand how that “small way” can be multiplied time and time again with various students that might participate in activities such as this.