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From the "sometimes you get too heavy on the politics" files:

Jules the Crazy is a first-year elementary school teacher in Queens, NY, keeping a blog to maintain her sanity. Good luck. The results of a recent assignment what do you (and don't you) want to be when you grow up? provide an interesting window into our perceptions of some common career choices...


"I don't want to be the army. First you go through camp thats like hell. You can get killed. You have to kill. You deal with millions of weapons. So you can end up killing yourself. A mistake you can't make up for."
Or:
"One career choice that is not on my list is a teacher. Because it's alot of work being a teacher. Being a teacher means going home with a headache everyday and I can't handle that..."
And just what do you say to this one from a little boy...
"The job I definently don't want is a ballarena becuase it is [embarrassing] and girly. Another reson why I don't want to ballarena is that you have to wear dresses."
FINAL COUNT: Of 93 students, the number who...

Want to be a doctor/nurse/surgeon/vet: 24
DO NOT want to be a doctor/nurse/surgeon/vet: 21

Want to be a teacher: 8 (mostly girls)
DO NOT want to be a teacher: 8 (mostly boys)

Want to be police: 1
DO NOT want to be police: 7

Want to be an athlete: 15 (nearly all boys)

Want to be in entertainment (actor, director): 7

DO NOT want to be specifically a cashier: 8

(Mildly Melancholy)

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