My spouse was anticipating an interesting day as he left for work this morning: the fourth Thursday in April is Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day, and GM's R & D Center actively participates in the program. This is an enjoyable day for everybody, a multigenerational exception to the rule of age segregation.
Jim and his co-workers designed some interesting things for the kids to do patterned on one kind of work he actually undertakes (in fact, he pioneered this particular method) in his job. They'll be collecting air samples with air monitors and then mapping the aerosol concentrations they find. The kids will use real instruments in the shop and learn a little something about aerosol dispersion, with age-appropriate explanations.
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day was begun in 1993 by the Ms. Foundation for Women, originally as Take Our Daughters to Work Day. Its purpose was to emphasize to girls that they have career choices and to expose them to the world of work.
Almost immediately, parents complained that this was unfair to their sons, who would also benefit from seeing their parents at work. This complaint ignored the underlying reason for the day's existence, which was the sexism in our society that continues to limit girls' own perceptions of what is possible for them. But there's certainly much to be said for all kids having the opportunity to see what it is that their parents do, and the Day rather quickly became a take-all-our-kids-to-work day.
Thinkers like John Gatto have bemoaned the isolation of the workplace and the age segregation that is now the norm for our society. One day a year isn't going to change that, but it may at least satisfy our kids' curiosity about what it is adults do all day (or perhaps spark such curiosity) and give them some ideas about the range of options in the world of work.