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TEENS: School teaches valuable work lessons

Letter by Rita W. Ely, Lakewood on Sep. 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm with No Comments »
September 6, 2013 1:44 pm

Re: “Bummer summer: Teen employment stays at record lows” (TNT, 9-6).

School is work. That’s a different viewpoint from this article.

I am thinking of students who show up on time every day, contribute to the learning environment in their classrooms, complete their assignments on time, participate in school clubs and activities, serve in their communities and plan for post-high school education.

It doesn’t take “having a job” to learn how to work. Earning potential is enhanced through focus on education, not on learning how to function in low-paying, part-time jobs that cause students to lose sleep on school nights and to snatch attention from studies.

Some students can work and keep up on school requirements. Some students may want to work to help with family income. Some are lucky enough to enter chosen career paths through part-time work. However, saying that lifetime earning potential and future success will be reduced if students don’t work part time during their school years discredits the value of solid academic effort.

Substantial scholarships add up faster than pennies earned in low-income jobs.

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