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.