Respond: Opinions on Working Teens
issue is discussed in Working
(Issue 8). Some people think it is okay for teens
to work part-time while they are in high school;
other people disagree. Readers of Topics express
believe that a teenager should voice his or her
opinion in this matter. I am currently in eleventh
grade, and I balance school, cheerleading, National
Honor Society, volunteering at the hospital, two
Advanced Placement courses and a college course at
a local college. I applied for two jobs.
What do you think about
teenagers working while they are still in
us your opinion.
think that if a student can handle a job, it is a
great way to earn money and learn responsibility.
My grades have not dropped, I am maintaining a 3.9
GPA, I am captain of the cheerleading team and
vice-president of NHS. So, it would be incorrect to
say that I do not do each of these activities well.
a student is both well-rounded and mature enough to
handle a part-time job, he or she can benefit
honestly think that if teenagers can handle working
part-time and attending school, then they should be
able make that choice themselves. I don't think
they should be restricted from working, or have
such a hard time finding a job. Teenagers are
highly motivated people, who have a desire to work
and are good at it. Parents can't provide for the
kids all their life, so in order for teens to feel
responsible, they have to be able to provide for
think that students ought to seek part-time jobs.
Since the economic downturn in 1997 in Malaysia,
parents can't seem to have enough money to support
their children's education fees in the universities
or college. So, by working part-time, they can help
their parents with their burden. Parents will be
proud to have a child helping them to lighten their
thing is that by doing part-time jobs, students can
get their own allowance. They won't be counting on
their parents to get their money to buy their
education stuff and their needs. They can just earn
their money by doing part-time jobs. At the same
time, they can learn to be independent. This will
help them when they grow up in the
Faiz, Perak, Malaysia
think it is great to be able to get a job as a
teen. I really think this because it helps you to
prepare for the future and what to expect, and it
is also a great experience. It also gives you a
chance to see what it is like to earn and spend
money of your own.
Japan about 30 % of teenagers have experienced
working part-time.The main reason they work is to
buy things such as clothes,electronic products and
groceries. Few of them have to work to make money
for college.On the other hand, most students who
have jobs want to spend money just for
want to introduce a serious case that happened in
Tokyo. Some high school girls who worked on the
streets were exposed by the police.They wished they
had more money to buy nice clothes and designer
goods because having designer goods is a trend that
was created by the Mass Media. However,they need to
know they sometimes have to take responsivility on
should know what kind of jobs their children have
and keep them away from violence. In my
opinion,students'priority should be
school,however,if they have a lot of time ,even
their finished homework ,part time job will be
valuable experiences for them.
have learned a lot of things through my job. They
have a choice. So whatever they choose, a part time
job or extracurricular activity, I hope they fill
up their school lives.
should be allowed to work. They have the right to
decide whether they work or not. Some people say
that their first priority should be school, but I
think it's not necessary to say that. Their
priority should be what is most important for them.
It can be sports, music, art, or of course, work.
School is just one of their choices. However, if a
student decides to work, he or she has to be
responsible on the job. Even if the work is very
hard, he or she must not work with neglect. People
who neglect their work should not have a
opinion is a general one, so I do not intend to
deny that some parents or schools do not allow
students to work. Students should follow their
rules, but if they really want to work and if they
are allowed do that, they should work. It's their
are some good effects if teenagers work. The
biggest effect is that they can have some
experience that they cannot have in the school.
Those experiences are frequently needed in society
situation when they get out of school life.
Especially, experience that they endure other
persons (customers of the shop or company's staff
etc.) and bring them around to another person's way
of thinking must help to live in the many kind of
situation in the future.
more, work experience in the tender sensitive time
that is different from work experience in future.
They can also make some kind of mistakes and then
they can innovate themselves.
agree teenager's working has a lot of bad effects,
but I also think extra-curricular activities have a
lot of effects. Everyone says that students' first
priority is study. I think so too. But they don't
have to focus on only studying. If they wish, they
can concentrate to another activities. including
part time jobs.
think we don't have to decide which is better, if a
teenager should work or should not work. Every
person has a different situation. If his parents
don't have a lot of money to pay for his education,
he should work. If he really wants to be
independent, he should work. If he loves to talk
with his friends, he should enjoy talking with his
friends. And if he cherishes time with his family,
he should be with family more much time.
is one good word. Too much is as bad as little. If
teenager works at part time job for too much part
of his time and he loses himself, it is a bad
experience for him. The most important thing is
balance of life. We should understand that working
experience is one of many experiences for
think teenagers dont have to work because it
is time to study. Parents, when they made the
decision to get married, they knew what would be
their responsibility about their children, and one
of them is providing an education.
who agree say jobs provide their kids good work
experience and more responsibility. However, the
responsibility of students is school, that is the
first priority. When they began to earn money,
school will be the second or third
statistics say these are problems of students who
have part-time jobs:
come into class sleepy or
never finish their homework.
cut back on their social life.
they are exhausted at school.
you want to do something very well, you cant
do two things at the same time. May be you will be
able to, but there isnt any good quality of
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shouldn't teenagers work? If they work, they can
learn how hard it is to get money in society. Also,
this is a good chance to understand how they are
supposed to be in society.They can't learn this in
they can keep studying enough, teenagers do not
have to give up their part time jobs. Although they
do not always have to work, they can get great
experience if they work. Because they meet a
variety of people, they can obtain different
perspectives. They can also learn about
course, teenagers' first priority should be school;
however, part time jobs can be useful experience
for them. Teenagers who can keep studying
successfully have the right to take part time
not think that teenagers should work while they are
in school, Teenagers have to study hard to enter
the college or university that they want to attend.
If they work after school, maybe, they can't
concentrate on their studies. And social life is
still very difficult for teenagers and has a
are so many reasons that teenagers try to work.
They want to buy new stuff, have expensive things,
and imitate adult life. So, in my opinion, school
and parents have to persuade their children or
students to study hard, and prepare some system
that can attract teenagers to study
fact, I support that teenagers can work instead of
should. Teenagers can work during their summer or
winter vacations. While they are working, they can
get in touch with the society more. However, they
should have a clear look at their jobs. Some of
them were full of crime and sex. If teenagers want
to find jobs, their parents and teachers should
give them a hand. The society is dangerous, beyond
teenagers' thoughts. Therefore, choosing a good job
is important, and teenagers will learn a lot
through this way. More working experiences will
also help them to find better jobs after their
graduation. Most important of all, they can get
money to buy something they like, or to share a
little of parents' burden.
a common phenomenon that teenagers working while
they are still in school. That's no big idea. For
me, it's advantageous for teenagers. They can prove
they are mature enough to stand on their own feet.
They are independent of their parents. What's most
important, they would cherish and value what they
possess now. Because lots of teenagers rely on
their parents too much, and that drives some of
them might live a luxurious and prodigal
when one is able to earn his own money by himself
can he understand and realize how hard his parents
work. Until then he does not know how to make good
use of his money because it's not so easy as he
thought before to make some money. He has to offer
his labor or time left beyond the school.
course, that must be based on the condition that
working won't take too much of the students' time.
Otherwise, he may have no time left studying and
what's worse, he might perhaps fail all his exams.
After all, student's main responsibility is to
study and acquire some lore in school. But, there
is no denying that teenagers working while they are
still in school provides them a chance to learn
something they cannot get from formal schooling,
like social experience, is there?
us your opinion
on working teens.
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