Teenage employment a boon

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  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 25, 2014 11:55 a.m.

    Working while in junior high and high school provided some of the very best lessons I ever learned.

  • J Thompson SPRINGVILLE, UT
    April 25, 2014 9:37 a.m.

    When I was 12, my dad and I had a talk. He told me that I was old enough to buy the "extras" that boys want and that he would help me get a paper route to earn that money. He said that he would continue to pay all the bills that a father should pay. He would pay for my food, most of my clothes, my housing, my medical, my schooling, and some of the "extras" like scout camp, and some sports.

    From that time one, I was responsible to earn money for things that I "wanted". Dad provided me with the things that I "needed". It was the best experience a boy could have. I learned how many hours of work it took if I wanted to go to a movie with my friends. I stopped taking money for granted.

    One more thing that my dad told me was that if my grades dropped, I could not work a part-time job. I had to prioritize my time.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    April 25, 2014 7:05 a.m.

    Or we could have an education system that demands the kind of effort from a student that fills their days and evenings pretty much year round. Such a system would teach work, self governance, and sacrifice. The things a part time job teaches with the added benefit that our kids, and later our economy would be able to compete academically with the kids from countries that do operate such a system.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    April 24, 2014 5:53 p.m.

    An after-school job is a great benefit to students, assuming that they still have adequate time to do their family chores and their homework. As someone who grew up on a farm, I know first-hand how difficult it is to balance work, school and homework.

    There's a time and a season for everything, but working twenty-hours a week, after school, would keep kids focused on the important things. They wouldn't have much time to just "hang out".

    I didn't have time to just "hang out" nor did any of my friends. That didn't stop us from getting an education, paying for our own college expenses, and having families. Like the letter writer told us, it helps prioritize things.