Today is 'My World of Work Day', incase you didn't know. But more surprising than that is the news that a school has banned kids from turning up to its celebrations dressed as stars from the world of sports or pop music. They've also put a ban on kids dressing like their favourite YouTubers for the day.
Huffington Post reports:
Durrington C of E VC Junior School, in Wiltshire, sent parents a letter requesting children who wanted to dress up as celebrities should “think of their ‘Plan B’ choices” as the high profile jobs mentioned are “so hard to achieve”. Two-time Olympic medal winner Jack Green tweeted a photo of the letter, along with the caption: “Have a read of the ‘Special Note’ and then ignore it and let your children aspire to be whatever they want to be. Thanks mum and some of my teachers for supporting my aspirations when I was young.”
A spokesperson for the school defended the decision, saying it sets no limit on children's aspirations and runs a programme within school, launched for a former Olympic athlete, to encourage children to be the best they can be and to nurture career ambitions.
But nonetheless, this makes me sad. Today's YouTube stars are the Blue Peter presenters of our generation. It might be unrealistic for every little Tom, Dick and Harriet to aspire to be an vlogstar but if you can't dream big dreams about your future when you're a child, when can you? Why are we quashing those aspirations so soon? Isn't childhood all about harbouring wild hopes and absurdly ambitious dreams?
One of my kids is football mad and dreams of nothing career-wise except one day playing for his favourite Premiership team. This isn't just some idle fantasy. I have every faith in his ability to pursue that goal, so to tell him not to dress like his ultimate career hero and to focus on his 'Plan B' seems unnecessarily discouraging. Had it happened in his school, I'd certainly be voicing my protest.
We'd love to hear your views on this. Do you think the school was right to ban 'unrealistic' career heroes, or should kids be free to dress like sports heroes, pop stars and YouTubers on a day dedicated to career aspirations?
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