I am a public high school teacher and surprised that Miami-Dade Public Schools still supports Take Your Child to Work Day.
It originally started to encourage young girls to dream big and pursue their education, but it has deteriorated into a National Skip Day for high school students and is ignored in some low-income elementary schools.
For the luckier students whose parents are professionals, wouldn’t it behoove them to encounter a wider variety of experiences rather than visit the same office yearly?
Career education would be better served by bringing parents and community members into the schools to talk to students about their own varied career-path experiences and occupations.
Over time, students would be exposed to a variety of speakers and would see that there are many paths to success. MDCPS should spearhead and organize a program to facilitate this.
Valerie Petersen, Miami