Part-time: Minimum Wage and Students

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Should students have a part-time job in their free time? Different countries and cultures may have fully different answers for the same question. Although Chinese nowadays are affected a lot by western culture, there are still existing much diversity between China and America, especially on this question, the differences are obvious. This essay will explain four differences of people’s attitude towards students working part-time in China and America.

First of all, I will explain students’ attitude. Students both in china and in America want to work part-time. However, their motivations are actually different. A recent report that was done by Department of Education in China found 81% students in universities have done many kinds of part-time jobs that are low-skills requirements and low-risks, such as waiter or waitress, tutors of junior or senior school students, or handing out some advertisements. In America, has similar data with China, and the report that was made by Education Committee of America shows 79% undergraduate students do part-time jobs. What’s more, more than one-third of them work over 35 hours a week. As for differences, I divide them into three parts. One is that economic conditions are different among China and America. Chinese students do part-time jobs mostly in order to make more money and save them to reduce financial encumbrance of parents. In contract, American students regard doing part-time jobs as an important part in college life. Second one is education. In China, from primary school to high school, even in university, most teachers always teach theory knowledge more than practical knowledge or living skills. But in the USA, practical skill is important part of American education which is just like GPA communication and business course. The final one is traditional conception of students. “I’d like to do more one math problems or relax for several minutes rather than doing a part-time job”, which is most Chinese students thought....
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