Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Careering Out of Control

Did you know that they’ve got something called Career Investigation that they teach here at this school? I didn’t either until the teacher who teaches the class e-mailed the entire school. By the title of the class, I assume kids spend the semester trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives workwise. That sounds pretty great. Heck, I’m in my mid-thirties, and I can’t say that I’m entirely sure. Of course, I didn’t have the greatest of starts in choosing a career. When I was a boy, I wanted to be a fire engine (not a fireman but a fire engine).

Anyway, her students have made posters showcasing businesses they’ve created, and she has asked the other teachers come by and vote on their favorite idea. The winner will get a gift card to their favorite fast food restaurant.

Here I was kind of excited about this class, but then I hear about this fast food gift card. Really? Rewarding kids with McDonald’s? Does that seem like a good idea? I catch the news from time to time. Aren’t we raising a nation of fatties? I’m also aware that we aren’t allowed to reward kids with food in this district. Principal Pécan confirmed this when he sent an e-mail minutes later saying that the contest was canceled.

That’s funny; Pécan has never returned any of my e-mails. I guess I need to violate something to get his attention. Talk about your dysfunctional relationships….

I just hate the fact that creating your own company isn’t rewarding enough, and she felt that she had to put this carrot (or McNugget) in front of their faces. To me, finding a career is about finding an occupation that one finds fulfilling it itself. It pushes you, you push back and that’s thrilling. Hmm, if that’s the case maybe I have found my career.

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