There’s an interesting post over here recalling the author’s experience of working in her elementary school cafeteria. The comments section is just as interesting as the original post.
I’ve long thought it a great idea to have students work, though I’ve thought about it more with respect to undergraduates. I think undergraduates should, among other things, be required to clean their own bathrooms and to prepare food in the cafeteria. I would especially like to see this happen at places like Yale, rather than having African Americans and Hispanics doing the menial work for a bunch of careless, irresponsible upper-middle to upper class kids.
My dear SIL…there is another side to consider on this, since I have a soft spot in my heart for Latinos and others who endure severe financial struggles…many immigrants have no other option but to accept low paying and menial jobs, irrespective of documentation. Let’s be careful about removing access to income, however menial, until a better solution surfaces.