UPDATE: This post was originally published in 2011.
April 26th is National “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” Started 25 years ago as Take Your Daughters to Work Day, it was expanded in 2003 to include boys. Great idea, right? Absolutely not, according to Richard Whitmire, a highly recognized and respected education reporter, and author of Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons from an Educational System That’s Leaving Them Behind. Strongly disagreeing with this practice, Whitmire discusses his controversial opinion in an USA Today op-ed column “Think twice about taking your child to work.” We invite your comments.
Richard Whitmire, a former editorial writer at USA Today and past board president of the National Education Writers Association, is a frequent commentator on national education issues. He is also the author of The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes On The Nation’s Worst School District.