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By Kelsey Young

School is a full-time job. It’s monotonous and follows the same strict pattern day in and day out. The hours aren’t great either, usually less than thirty-five a week. It’s the kind of job you take in order to get to the job you want, the job that will be yours someday if you put in enough grunt work to get there. Sometimes it’s hard or boring or mentally taxing but you do it, even if the pay is less than desirable.

A “real” job rewards you with things school simply can’t: money and independence. School however, rewards you with homework and tests. It’s easy to see why some people would like to seek out the best of both worlds.  Since “real” work offers sweeter benefits in the short term, I believe the number of hours that youth can work should be restricted to ensure that students have enough time for their studies.

There are one hundred and sixty-eight hours in a week, half of which are dedicated to sleep and school. Taking out the maximum number of hours youth can work in a week we’re left with a mere thirty nine and a half hours left. On average that leaves just five and a half hours a day of personal time.  Allowing youth to work more than forty hours a week would be irresponsible when thinking of their future. 

School is a full-time job. While the benefits of going to school aren’t as immediate as the benefits from a real job, it’s important to ensure that students have enough time to commit to their futures. While not everyone will get to have their dream job in the future, dictating the number of hours students can work is a push in the right direction.            

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  • Martin Van Letmework
    December 02, 2014 - 10:58

    Here's a crazy idea - why not just only choose to work fewer hours? If you want to work 25+ hours a week while in high school, all the power to you. Work experience is valuable and if you need the money to help your family, who is the government to tell you that you can't do that?

  • Sensible Parent
    October 07, 2014 - 17:54

    It is entirely appropriate to limit the number of hours a teen in high school can work. Education and health should be the priority. I would suggest 8-10 hours a week is a reasonable limit and should deliver any school age kid more than sufficient "pocket money".

  • workaholic
    September 13, 2014 - 09:49

    Are you out of your mind....aight!