Working While in High School Is Essential

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Argumentative Essay: Working while in high school is essential. Travis J. Burleson
Excelsior College

Abstract
High school students should have the opportunity to work while still in school. Working will teach them responsibility, money management skills, and give them valuable work experience and tools for use later in life. While there are a few disadvantages to working while still in high school, all can be controlled with parents’ help and supervision. Overall, working while still in high school should be encouraged.

Do you remember a time when you or your older sibling were in high school and had a job? Maybe you had a paper route or a part time job washing cars, dishes, or animals. Today, it is not as common for children to have a part time job while in high school. Mainly it is due to lack of jobs in the current economy, but I still believe it is important to have one. Working while still going to school helps build a foundation that will increase the chances of being successful. A job teaches children responsibility, money management, and useful tools in the work place. While there are some issues with working while attending any sort of schooling, overall the beneficial effect of having a job, especially early in life, outweighs any negative aspects. Having a job while still in high school will increase a student’s overall sense of responsibility. A job teaches a student what it feels like to be out on his own in society and a sense of individualism away from his parent’s money. Working allows a student to take a look at his life and decide whether or not he should spend his time with other students who are doing illegal activities. An issue comes up with working as a high school student when his or her school grades decrease. According to Jerald Bachman, (2010), "Working more than 15 hours a week while in high school may have some costs that extend far beyond high school. The most notable cost is reduced likelihood of college...
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