[VanGorder Walden School, Chicago]

Chicago students at VanGorder Walden school talk about work and working.

01:32Copy video clip URL Several people sit around looking at a monitor. 

02:00Copy video clip URL People talking on the sidewalk. No sound. 

02:50Copy video clip URL A man talks about a place that might be out of business. 

03:59Copy video clip URL Street scenes, with occasional sung accompaniment by the videographer. 

04:33Copy video clip URL “Tom gave us the wrong address.” The videomakers try to figure out where they’re going. 

05:47Copy video clip URL A young girl tells the camera what she thinks “is a good job.” She’d like to work in theater, probably as a part time “diptophone worker” like her mom. 

07:30Copy video clip URL A young boy talks about possibly getting a job as an “animal doctor or … a chemist like my father.” He says he just likes animals and another boy interrupts: “Animals like you???” Another boy says he isn’t sure about a career because there are lots of things he’d like to do. He talks about why people work and what makes a good job or a hard job. 

09:45Copy video clip URL An older teen boy talks about how a bad job affects a person’s life. He’s not looking forward to having a job, unless it’s a physician, a dancer, or an actor. He talks about what would be required to qualify him for those jobs and how you need to choose a single path and excel in it in order to get a job. 

11:35Copy video clip URL The children agree that there are people who don’t enjoy working. As an example, a boy offers “some teachers in public schools.” A teen girl thinks that most Americans hate their jobs. Another teen girl relates how much she hated working as a file clerk, but knows that she couldn’t support herself doing the artistic things she loves. 

14:08Copy video clip URL The teen boy talks about his work history, including painting for money, washing his parents’ car, and working part time at an insurance company. 

14:50Copy video clip URL Another teen boy says that he wants to major in earth science. 

15:30Copy video clip URL A teen girl talks about how someone decides what job is right for them. She talks about her own attempts at modeling. 

17:12Copy video clip URL A young girl says that she wants to be a pediatrician because she likes helping people and her father’s a doctor. She might also like being a musician or a painter. Another girl wants to study fish. Another girl wants to be a pre-school teacher. 

18:40Copy video clip URL When asked if anyone doesn’t know what they want to do, a little boy raises his hand and says “I don’t want to grow up.” What do you want to be? “Nothing. I wanna be a kid.” A slightly older girl says that work’s only fun if you like what you do, and that you only get out of it what you put into it. 

19:50Copy video clip URL A young boy talks about the work he does around the house. Do you think kids should get paid for the work they do around the house? “Absolutely!” The kids talk about being paid for chores and other responsibilities. 

21:55Copy video clip URL Most of the kids agree that women should be paid for the work they do at home, with one girl thinking that the man works much harder. 

23:54Copy video clip URL A teacher’s aid studying child psychology talks about how much he loves working with kids. The kids jokingly say that he hates kids and that he beats them up. 

24:56Copy video clip URL A dance class. 

26:30Copy video clip URL Eggs and young chicks in an incubator that are being observed by the class. The interviewer talks to the kids about the chickens and about farming as work. 

29:44Copy video clip URL What work is important? Work that keeps people alive, like growing food or treating sick people. But all work is important, the boy thinks. A gas station attendant is needed to keep cars running. The kids talk about gas and pollution. 

33:00Copy video clip URL The kids dance to “Skybird” by Neil Diamond. 



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