Wow! Amen to all the wonderful responses!!!
In the land of What If's... Lets say that the State required you to work a job for at least 13 years at the institution of their choice, 6 hours a day- not including transit time. They offer you transport in their carpool, free of charge, failing to mention that at least one of the 8 people in the van with you will harrass you verbally- maybe physically too. No mention is made of pay or benefits, no specialized training is offered, the only perk mentioned is a piece of paper you will recieve once you fulfill your commitment.
You work under several supervisors throughout the day, your performance is based on pleasing the supervisor, and completing the assigned tasks. Your evaluations do not get you a raise, they do not lead to a promotion within your rank. All of your evaluations require the signature of your parents. If at any point you disagree with an evaluation, the opinion of the supervisor will outweigh your opinion and the evaluation will go on your permanent record. Once you have completed the days assigned tasks, you are given further work to take home to finish- this is required work with no overtime benefits.
Should your evaluations not meet the expectations a supervisor, they may restrict your extra-curricular interests until you have jumped through the appropriate hoops. Further, they will put pressure on your loved ones to further pressure and restrict you at home.
Your Co-workers are grouped into small sub-groups which require certain apparel, interests, and attitudes to be adopted in order to permit socialization. It is rare to be versatile enough to actually socialize with two or more groups without being dismembered by another group. Disagreements which arise are tried by the members of the sub-group and the party deemed at fault is dismembered for at least the remainder of the year, possibly longer. If the disagreement is considered strong enough, verbal and physical abuse are a possibility, at which point walking the halls of your building may become hazardous. There is no option to appeal the decision. Sharing your complaints or concerns with your supervisors, even in abusive situations, is frowned on by all sub-groups and will result in dismemberment from all.
Assuming that your final evaluation of the year met the minimum standard, at the end of the year, all of the supervisors you work under are changed. The tasks are changed. The co-workers are the same. You are considered to have successfully achieved a new level in your institution, and the process begins again.
After 13 years of this process, they present you with a paper documenting that you have completed your state requirements and are free to pursue another job. You have not been trained in any specialized area after 13 years of work, your resume simply states that you have completed the state requirement. This is not sufficient to provide you with a skilled job.
Humm... tempting offer, but... No thanks...
My grandparents didn't care for it, my parents didn't care for it, my husband and I didn't care for it... why would I send my children off into it?!
Well, after rereading this post, I guess I know what I need to put for my vote now...
The Lord bless you all...