Fifteen years old and working seems to be becoming a norm and in fact
there are many teenagers younger than fifteen who are already working at paying
jobs. Some of these students are as young as 12 years old.
rises along with the grade level. The kind of job varies depending on the sex
to chose from are usually form 6a.m. to 8a.m delivering newspapers and 8p.m to
6a.m. for babysitting. Most other jobs are scheduled 3pm till 10pm during the
week while weekend jobs tend to have schedules of 7 to 8 hours per day.
is bad for the academic career . As the work hours increase the study time
decreases. Current research finds that a work schedule of 10 hours or less
effect their academic performance, in negative ways but in fact seems to help
them do better in school shown by improved grades. Those teens working 10 to
15 hours per week are in a toss up situation with some doing well while others
struggle. It is at the 15 hour level that things change and the work starts to
effect the teens performance. Although there seems to be no direct relationship
between the hour spent working and the hours spent studying and how this effects
the grades, there does seem to be a relationship between the number of hours
worked and the absentee rate. Those students working weekend jobs and spending
It has also been found that working more than 15 hours has not been
is not always caused by a student working. Most often the student who drops out
picture but there are many parts to that picture.
A survey done by Nicole Champagne says that 85% of secondary and high
school students work for the purpose of buying consumer goods. The primary
reason for working among 16 year olds is to by a car. Among this 85% 40% of
them work more than 15 hours a week.
For 20% working has a completely different purpose and that is to help
Ms. champagne also found that 76.8% of the students that were working
69.7% said they would continue to work even if their parents gave them the money
they were earning at their jobs.
As the number of teens working continues to grow there are some
concerns that this work environment is causing the teens to miss out on other
more important activities including the full educational experience.
It is ironic that as more and more teens work that the school systems
seem to make fewer and less demands of the students. The school systems also
for other amusements, including work.
A typical day of the working teenager would start with a 5 :30 am wake
up call, after having had five hours sleep. In the next hour and a half this
teen must prepare him or her self for school which may include doing some
homework that’s due this very day. After all the preparations are done and our
As first period ends the awaking of the working teenager begins. As lunch
begins the turning point of the working teenager day begins, because he or she
both starts to realize the days work ahead.
While the realization of the work ahead sets in, the teenager starts to
plan when to try and do home work and how much time is needed per assignment.
After the school day’s end the typical working teenager has prepared to work for
another 7 to 8 hour and possibly another hour or two doing home work, before
jumping into bed for tonigths 5 hour ration of sleep.