Educators are asking parents not to let children skip school today — it’s Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day — because schools lose funding when students are absent. Kids can visit their parents’ jobs when school is not in session, they say. Yes, but the Ms. Foundation wouldn’t get as much attention that way.
Update: Popular Mechanics suggest putting your kids to work and not just for a day.
It seems to me that basic competence in life ought to include knowing things like how to change a tire, paint a room, cook a meal, mix concrete, and build simple items out of wood. And the best way to learn these things is working side-by-side with a parent.
I learned no mechanical or concrete-mixing skills from my parents. They had none to pass on, being Jewish. (OK, it’s a stereotype, but I can tell you it’s a stereotype exemplified by my family.) But I did pick up practical skills as a homeowner. And I built a not-too-wobbly set of wooden shelves in fifth-grade shop class. My daughter can cook, paint, do laundry (but not iron), assemble Ikea furniture and remember to get her car’s oil checked regularly.