posted on Monday, August 12, 2019
5 Day Workweek
When most young people begin school at an early age, they also begin the important socialization process into a five-day school or workweek. As teachers and parents, if we truly want our young people to grow up to be productive individuals, then we must model a positive attitude about each day of the workweek.
As adults, we must be aware that we model negative outlooks about the days of a workweek. There are 3 main days that get the most negative attention: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We portray our attitudes through our language and feelings towards that day of the week. Young people quickly buy into these common “themes” such as, “Mondays are the worst,” “Hump Day,” and the ever-popular “TGIF.” These terms put a negative spin on the day and make people feel like they are always just working for the weekend.
Certainly, anyone who has toiled through the five-day workweek can relate to these quotes. I have had parents say that their child has asked to stay home on Friday because they didn’t do anything on Fridays anyway. That’s not a kid problem, that’s an adult problem. As teachers and parents, we need to be consistent. Our preparation and effort need to be at the same level, five out of five days. And of course, there will be days we are not feeling up to par or days we are not looking forward to. However, it’s important to guard against creating a culture where it’s the norm to coast 3/5’s of a workweek.
This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Try to avoid the negative M-W-F themes so we can teach young people that they can be productive every day.
Al Kerns & the Ed Thomas Family Foundation
This post is written by Al Kerns, a long-time friend of Ed Thomas and a team member with the Ed Thomas Family Foundation. Al coached with Ed for 30+ years at Aplington-Parkersburg.