By Shandi Cameron
Parents and teachers push teenagers to "do their best" and "work hard to get into a good school." Students are put under an enormous amount of pressure while attending school and as time progresses; the amount of pressure only continues to rise. Teenagers are bombarded with the need to study, finish homework and then on top of that, get involved. Whether, that means volunteering, participating in sports, or being a part of other extracurricular activities. You can only do your best in things you have time for. If you don’t have the time, how can you put in your best effort? Adding to the day to day survival of high school, students are expected to have a job to make some extra money.
The Youth Employment Act states that no employer can employ a young person between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. or during normal school hours because you can't directly take a student out of school. But employers can indirectly take students away from school by assigning too many hours which restrict the amount of time they have to focus on their studies. The act also states that young persons can only work up to three hours on a school day and eight hours on non-school days which in my opinion this is an exceptional act because it makes perfect sense. If a student is going to work, there has to be restrictions on the hours they work. If their schedule is jam-packed full of hours to work, where are the hours they need to study? The way I look at it is, if students work too much, their school work will take a back seat and their grades will suffer. The most important thing to remember is that education is essential. School should always come first.