What Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up

One of the universal questions of childhood is “What do I want to be when I grow up?” Most children go through phases of wanting to be in various careers associated with people they know or characters and shows on television that inspire them.

Their scopes of research are often limited because TV is often heavily showing certain types of jobs (think of how many doctor, lawyer, and cop shows there are as opposed to how many shows there are about dentists and street sweepers).

I think schools should hold “What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up” days and fairs so kids can get even more ideas and realize all the possibilities that are out there by hearing from people in a variety of careers at many different income levels. The guest speakers should explain how their jobs rely on and use knowledge from different academic subject areas to help kids make the connections between schoolwork and the real world.

Here’s a funny story that a friend told me once about a kid that she knew. When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, the kid always replied with the same thing, “A hedgehog researcher.” When she asked why, the kid said, “Somebody has to do it.”

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