What is the most important reason a child goes to school? In my opinion, the answer is “to teach a child the skills necessary to pursue a successful life.” Note the words “skills,” “pursue,” and “successful.”
While the educational authority (public, private or homeschool) has a fundamentally important role in the process, the ultimate actor is the child. Motivated by good educators, the child will have to make the choice to use the “skills,” make the decision to “pursue” dreams and decide what is “success.”
As adults we generally “cut kids slack” by making their decision for them in the early years. However, a goal of any adult with the power to influence a young person’s life should be to assist them in building sound judgement for the decisions they’ll eventually have to make on their own.
That is the reason why Career Day should be EVERY DAY! Career Days can help a young person more fully understand how “skills” are actually used to “pursue” what a real person has chosen as “success,” whatever that might be. It is during the process of observing and listening to each “day in the life” of the various workers, professionals and business people that participate in Career Days when the skills learned as theory are brought to life.
If Career Day were every day, young people would know what they want to be a lot earlier in life and they’d logically choose a career that is more right for them.
Career Day should not be once or twice a year as it is in most schools.
SIDE NOTE: If you want to teach your children about honest business and free enterprise, please read (short 2 pages) Congressman Rohrabacher’s courageous and visionary bill, H.RES.422 .
If you agree with the bill, click this link to contact ANY Representative to encourage him or her to join as a Co-Sponsor.
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