Working at McDonald's

Working at McDonald's

Phoenix : AZ : USA | Jan 05, 2011 at 8:42 PM PST
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Leadership Speaker Series: Amitai Etzioni

Adults encourage teens to get jobs because they say it would build character, let them feel the work environment, and have them buy their own things instead of the parents. It is as if they would live an independent life; however, Amitai Etzioni disagrees in his article called Working at McDonald's. "...these jobs undermine school attendance and involvement, impart few skills that will be useful in later life, and simultaneously skew the values of teen-agers." He is a sociologist and has taught in many universities like Columbia and Harvard. He has written many articles and tons of books. Here he talks about the importance of teens skipping, even dropping, school so they could go to work, mostly at fast food restaurants.

Being a father of five sons, Etzioni starts to think about how students are spending their lives during school, and how they are not. "As many as two-thirds of America's high school juniors and seniors now hold down part-time paying jobs..." Faster and faster, students are applying for jobs so they can earn money, buy a car, and other accessories, but studies show that through time the more they work the more students drop out. Etzioni writes to get the word out to tell parents that education is more important than a job that will not take their children anywhere.

He fears, as should any parent, that if students work more in fast food restaurants that they would turn into robots in an assembly line because there will be no development in creativity, initiative or elementary rearrangements. Also, there would be no room for skill. "In an informal survey published in the most recent yearbook of the high school, 58 percent of seniors acknowledged that their jobs interfere with their schoolwork." These are startling results, but what would be the answer to all of this? In his article, he says directly to the parents that they may let their children go to work during school, but consider it only as an activity that can be turned into an educational opportunity. However, he clearly states that education is the most important above everything else.

A job can be turned into an activity, just like a sport. It can interfere with school, which would would make teens drop school and never finish because they would prefer something that would give them money instead of education. Nevertheless, I cannot help but think that if students do get a job and sill take schoolwork seriously, what happens if that job interferes? Should they just quit, or find other means? They could simply ask the manager to see if they could change their hours, but what if the manager does not comply? I believe that if students are going to have jobs, they should be treated like students, like in college, and have special hours instead of trying to meet the criteria of the job description. Even the Air Force backs this up, they always say the student comes first.

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