What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Teaching Tops the List for Preschoolers



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from La Petite Academy

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A shiny apple for early
 childhood educators was delivered today when a survey of more than 1,200
 preschoolers at La Petite Academies across the country revealed that teaching
 is their number one career choice, besting even perennial favorites such as
 doctor, fireman and ballerina.  The survey was conducted by La Petite Academy
 to celebrate National Association for the Education of Young Children's
 (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child, April 1-7, themed "Where the Future
 Begins." *
     "The fact that children consider their teacher one of their first and very
 best role models serves as an inspiration to all of us involved in the
 education of young people today," said Judith Rogala, CEO of La Petite
 Academy.
     The top responses to the question "what do you want to be when you grow
 up?" were:  teacher, pro athlete, police officer ("so I can give bad guys
 tickets," said one child), doctor and fireman.  These were followed by choices
 that have remained children's favorite grown-up roles for the last
 half-century:  ballerina/dancer, mom, princess, veterinarian, nurse and pilot.
 Also popular were TV/cartoon characters, with Power Rangers fighting their way
 to the top, followed by Batman, and in a nod to girl power, the Power Puff
 Girls.
 
     Kids Still Say the Darndest Things
     Although their choices may be steeped in tradition, the youngsters'
 answers were distinctly original, and quite often, hilarious.  Consider some
 of these responses below.
     Don't eat the patients:  "I wanna be a vegetarian, because I want to make
 animals well."
     Undecided, part one:  "A handsome prince ... and a cowboy."
     Undecided, part two:  "Nothing ? I don't know, I'm just a kid."
     Reach for the sky:  "Tall like this" (puts his hands way up in the air).
     Crown rules:  "A princess that works at Disney."   "A princess because
 they marry boys."
     An unfettered outlook:  "I want to be free!"
 
     And one final chuckle to brighten any teacher's day:
     "A teacher just like my teacher and teach everybody in this school so she
 doesn't have to do any hard work."
     With headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas, La Petite Academy, Inc. is the
 nation's largest privately held early childhood education company with 744
 schools in 36 states and the District of Columbia.  Under the La Petite
 Academy umbrella, the Montessori Unlimited preschool represents the largest
 (32), most consistent chain of schools offering the Montessori approach to
 learning.  In 1998, the Company announced an investment by J.P. Morgan
 Partners (JPMP), formerly Chase Capital Partners, a global partnership with
 over $24 billion under management.  J.P. Morgan Partners' primary limited
 partner is J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., one of the largest financial institutions
 in the United States.
 
     * Based on a survey conducted March 20-27, 2001 of 1,203 four- and five-
 year olds attending La Petite Academies across the U.S.
 
 

SOURCE La Petite Academy
    OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A shiny apple for early
 childhood educators was delivered today when a survey of more than 1,200
 preschoolers at La Petite Academies across the country revealed that teaching
 is their number one career choice, besting even perennial favorites such as
 doctor, fireman and ballerina.  The survey was conducted by La Petite Academy
 to celebrate National Association for the Education of Young Children's
 (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child, April 1-7, themed "Where the Future
 Begins." *
     "The fact that children consider their teacher one of their first and very
 best role models serves as an inspiration to all of us involved in the
 education of young people today," said Judith Rogala, CEO of La Petite
 Academy.
     The top responses to the question "what do you want to be when you grow
 up?" were:  teacher, pro athlete, police officer ("so I can give bad guys
 tickets," said one child), doctor and fireman.  These were followed by choices
 that have remained children's favorite grown-up roles for the last
 half-century:  ballerina/dancer, mom, princess, veterinarian, nurse and pilot.
 Also popular were TV/cartoon characters, with Power Rangers fighting their way
 to the top, followed by Batman, and in a nod to girl power, the Power Puff
 Girls.
 
     Kids Still Say the Darndest Things
     Although their choices may be steeped in tradition, the youngsters'
 answers were distinctly original, and quite often, hilarious.  Consider some
 of these responses below.
     Don't eat the patients:  "I wanna be a vegetarian, because I want to make
 animals well."
     Undecided, part one:  "A handsome prince ... and a cowboy."
     Undecided, part two:  "Nothing ? I don't know, I'm just a kid."
     Reach for the sky:  "Tall like this" (puts his hands way up in the air).
     Crown rules:  "A princess that works at Disney."   "A princess because
 they marry boys."
     An unfettered outlook:  "I want to be free!"
 
     And one final chuckle to brighten any teacher's day:
     "A teacher just like my teacher and teach everybody in this school so she
 doesn't have to do any hard work."
     With headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas, La Petite Academy, Inc. is the
 nation's largest privately held early childhood education company with 744
 schools in 36 states and the District of Columbia.  Under the La Petite
 Academy umbrella, the Montessori Unlimited preschool represents the largest
 (32), most consistent chain of schools offering the Montessori approach to
 learning.  In 1998, the Company announced an investment by J.P. Morgan
 Partners (JPMP), formerly Chase Capital Partners, a global partnership with
 over $24 billion under management.  J.P. Morgan Partners' primary limited
 partner is J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., one of the largest financial institutions
 in the United States.
 
     * Based on a survey conducted March 20-27, 2001 of 1,203 four- and five-
 year olds attending La Petite Academies across the U.S.
 
 SOURCE  La Petite Academy