Teaching little children about the world of work: good or bad?

The Quirky Teacher

This is an immediate response to a collective dislike of a TES poll indicating that many believe we should teach children in primary schools about the world of work. The fear is that in teaching children about work, we risk teaching them that the purpose of school is to prepare them for work. I don’t think this is the case because primary schools have always taught children about the world of work – and people still go on to do PhDs and love knowledge for the sake of it.

Many children at our school have no family members who work for a living. They genuinely think that their future will involve youtube, football or TV stardom of some kind. In the absence of good role models or a realistic understanding of the wider world, these young people are genuinely vulnerable – the lure of easy money awaits on the street…

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