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Alvin M Abad In modern society it is common for a high school student to be a part of the American labor force The majority of these adolescents are more than eager to get their first job no matter how high the wages may be Many of their parents strongly urge them to seek part-time employment because they are becoming tired of providing funds for daily lunches school field trips proms and annual back-to-school shopping It may seem right for parents to push their teenager towards getting a job but the truth is that they may not yet be ready to take on the responsibility The consequences for teenage employment are often underestimated and the work experience that is acquired may be less valuable than it actually seems Working a part-time job is likely to have negative effects on the values of a maturing teenager as well as lower hisher academic performance in school The most obvious disadvantage of working a job as a high school student is its effect on the students performance in school Many adolescents fail to realize how important their education really is until it is too late The outcome of high school may determine future educational and career paths Thus much of a students attention needs to be aimed towards grades and achieving goals Having a job as a student is a major distraction that could end up being a roadblock to success The combination of a part-time job and attending high school is an enormous responsibility which may result in a great deal of stress Employed teenagers may find themselves working too many hours a week leaving fewer hours to concentrate on homework assignments and studying Not only that but a constant source of income can be very appealing to teenagers causing many to place higher values on their jobs instead of their education This may also lead to students cutting back
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