Friday, May 19, 2006

Career Plans by Age 12?

Career plans by age 12? Maybe in Florida:
"Do children barely out of elementary school have the knowledge and experience to declare a career path? Brianna's feelings on the subject are shared by some adults, who also worry that a career curriculum would come at the expense of other activities such as music, art, and sports.

But supporters of the proposal say it gives kids a taste of the real world and encourages them to widen, not narrow, their sense of career options."
The arguments against this type of learning seem a bit weak to me. Career exploration and learning about how different career pathways require different kinds of educational planning don't at all imply that anyone is forcing a kid to choose a career in Grade 7.

1 comment:

Wendy Geise said...

At age 12 Ben Casnocha started a technology company based on a school project. He's 18 now and just graduated from high school. He's been ranked as one of the top 100 influntial bloggers in Silicon Valley. http://bigben.blogs.com/
Clearly not every teenager should take the path that Ben has, but he is an inspiring example.