Should teens have part-time jobs?
In Ann Major's essay, “Should teens work part time jobs?” from Helium.com, the author talks about the cons of teens with part time jobs and why they don’t need them.
"When we consider the issue of teen jobs, some might wonder: Why not let teens have part-time jobs and how it can possibly affect them badly." Ann Major addresses this question because she strongly believes teens don’t comprehend or possess the maturity like an adult does to handle the money from their work and will end up wanting things."
"Having been a high school teacher of 25 years, for a teen to get a part-time job is mostly motivated by the desire to have more material goods, those which their parents cannot afford. Having enough money to buy a BlackBerry or a used car is neither a necessity nor a need for a teenager. They are luxuries which consumer marketing has dictated every young person should have to fit in. In essence, by encouraging a teen to work after school and on weekends, society is teaching young people that money is more important than a good education."
This is basically saying when teens look into working a part time job they just want to work to buy things they want right now. When they finally get their paycheck, what they want to get is their cars and phones and new shoes and all that even though they have more than enough.
This might make one wonder what makes the teens so drawn to the new things they buy or the unnecessary things? Why do they not see the more important things they need to save up for like their futures? They see the money they make from the part time jobs more important than their education.
I’m pretty sure this is accurate, because the debates on http://debatewise.org/debates/2985-part-time-work-for-high-school-students/ also see the issue with teens or high school students having part time jobs.
Another point the debaters makes in their blog post is “If students are spending hours each week working in a part-time job, that is bound to have a bad effect on their school work.” This is true because “Homework will be done badly or not at all, and kids who have worked evening shifts will be too tired to learn well in school the next day. Banning students from taking paid jobs will mean they do better in school and come out with better qualifications.”
I double-checked this fact through many other surveys teens students having part-time jobs how they think it could affect any teens grades and education, which makes me feel pretty sure that it is true.
A third point addressed by Ann Major is: “As it is, adults have a difficult enough time juggling home, a job, handling daily stresses and pressures at the workplace. Teenagers are not any better equipped to go to school in the daytime, work at night, and during weekends. Not having enough sleep or relaxation takes its toll on a teen's general health; being able to pay attention in class; having the energy to do homework; or the time to spend on term papers.” This is significant, because adults do have trouble keeping jobs and paying rent or what not and the stress they have to put on is immense so a teen taking that type of responsibility could be damaging to their future.
Some might not agree with Ann Major that they cannot handle the responsibility at a young age. One reason is that you might say that at the age they are they’re mentally capable of handling the hardships of working and still getting an education. Another reason some might disagree with Ann is that this could actually be encouraging them to succeed and choose the right path in life.
What we can appreciate about this writer’s work is that she can definitely see both the good and bad points of the topic and discuss about both of them. We can look forward to seeing what she writes back, because as much as she catches the negative side of teens with part-time jobs debate, she can as well see why this would be good for teens to.