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to their future educational and financial success. Numerous studies have found that kids who work up to twenty hours a week during the
school year generally benefit from the experience, gaining an increased sense of personal responsibility and self-esteem. But kids who work
more than that are far more likely to cut classes and drop out of high school. Teenage boys who work longer hours are much more likely to
develop substance abuse problems and commit petty crimes. The negative effects of working too many hours are easy to explain: when kids
go to work, they are neither at home nor at school. If the job is boring, overly regimented, or meaningless, it can create a lifelong aversion to
work. All of these trends are most pronounced among poor and disadvantaged teenagers. While stressing the great benefits of work in
moderation, the National Academy of Sciences report warned that short-term considerations are now limiting what millions of American kids
can ever hope to achieve.
Elisa Zamot is a junior at Harrison High. In addition to working at M...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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