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Drawbacks of Students Working Part-Time Jobs The issue of high school students working while attending school is controversial. Many people argue that part-time jobs can be beneficial to students. These people assert, for example, that the demands of part-time jobs teach students time management and social skills. But these people also must realize that part-time jobs distract students from their main duty: studying . High school students should not work part-time jobs because part-time jobs do not teach students useful skills, distract students from academics, and negatively impact students’ abilities to properly value money. Low-paying part-time jobs do not teach students useful skills that can be applied in their futures. Most students working part-time jobs work in “adolescent ghettos,” which provide little opportunity for substantive learning. These “adolescent ghettos” are work environments like fast food restaurants or low-end retail shops, in which the available jobs are dead-end. Teens are treated as second-class employees, as managers give thought-provoking, skill-building tasks to older, “regular” employees. Managers are often only slightly older than the students themselves and provide unuseful training (Mclellan, 306). Statistics from “The Dead-End Kids” show that 55 percent of all 16- to 19-year-olds are not “learning anything much more useful than just showing up in their part-time jobs” (Manges, 303). Instead, students in part-time
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