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Bring Our Kids to Work Day

It was Bring Your Kids to Work Day at the office today. Once upon a time, it was part of Take Our Daughters to Work Day, as an effort to show girls a wider range of work possibilities than the traditional women-filled jobs. Oddly I guess that wasn't politically correct enough, so after one year of just girls coming in, it became Bring Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day. Well, ok, I guess I can see showing off the world of work to boys too. May as well scare all the kids so they go to college and stay there forever, or something.

In the early days of this event, kids would be more involved with what parents did at their desks. I remember kids running copy machines. It was like having unpaid interns for one day. It was almost great.

This year, there were so many coordinated events for the kids, I don't think they got a good look at the world of work at all. They heard a presentation by children's author and local TV news host Devin Scillian. Then there was lunch. And in the afternoon, a bunch of them came down to my work area to see the big bookshelves that move. Hey, I kind of get a kick out of them too. I think, in between all that, they got to see desks and some other presentations about our work.

One of the problems is, so much of what we do is all electronic these days. You'd think that the Composition and Manufacturing departments of a book publisher might have some interesting things to show off. But we get in electronic files, and we create electronic files from them, and we send out electronic files — printing books is all digital now. It's really just like sending e-mails all the time, in a way. Yawn. It's a good thing we have movable bookshelves, or else there'd be nothing to see.

If they really want to show kids what work is like, make them go to a meeting or two. Maybe they could create and launch a product. If it wins a Dartmouth Medal, we'll invite them back for a real party.

Then they could fill out performance reviews. I guarantee that would kill off the program. Kids will suddenly want to go to school.



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Apr. 27th, 2007 04:23 am (UTC)
I agree with you. And also...Devin Scillian? Didn't he put out a "country" album a few years ago?
Apr. 27th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
He did. On the front of his website, there's a photo of him with a guitar. The man can do ANYthing.
Apr. 27th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
Cripe I just looked at the website and frankly I'm not sure how I feel about it. In other news, I took Lily to work with me today and she was bored.
Apr. 27th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
Didn't mean for you to get creeped out over the website.

As for Lily... well, you need movable bookshelves, that's all.
Apr. 27th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
So go rent a goat for the day!
Apr. 27th, 2007 05:07 am (UTC)
Goats can't reach copy machine buttons. They wouldn't have been any more useful than children.
Apr. 27th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
My department is one of those that my employer exempted from the "Take Your Kid To Work Day". Given the nature of the work, I guess I shouldn't be surprised...

"Now Caitie... you hold this wire while I hold the other one. And THIS is what happens when you touch them together...."
Apr. 27th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
Or you could've shown a bunch of kids where the high-voltage switches are. They'd love that. "This one powers the whole campus!"
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