Learning and Fast Food

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Summary

The article, “Working at McDonald’s” by Amitai Etzioni is trying to get the point across that working in fast food chains, like McDonald’s, do not benefit high school students at all.  The author goes on to explain all of the reasons why working at fast food restaurants is not good for young adults and how other jobs could provide skills that could be used later in life. Etzioni justifies his claim that these types of jobs are not beneficial by sharing statistics and other studies to convince the reader that the working environment is not good for a high school student.

Critical Response

I found Amitai Etzioni’s article, “Working at McDonald’s” to be biased in that it just looked at fast food establishments as a bad place to work for teens and did not talk about any good that might come from working in that type of environment.

Personally I found it hard to even consider Etzioni’s claims to be creditable because he does not indicate any personal experience and the studies that he does talk about are a bit out of date. For example, Etzioni mentions a study conducted in 1984 by Ivan Charper and Bryan Shore Fraser. This study argues that employees of fast food chains develop skills such as how to operate machines that are used while working at these jobs. Etzioni then argues that there is no significance in learning how to work a cash register in 20 minutes. He says “What “skill” have you acquired? It is a long way from learning to work with a lathe or carpenter tools in the olden days or to program computers in modern age.” I admit, there is a huge difference in the type of work being done and the knowledge needed to do it, but there is still some initiative being shown by the teen to go get the job and learn how to use all of the tools that are required for the job. There is no need for a teen to learn complicated skills; all that one can hope is that they will learn time management and responsibility and then one day when they get a...
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