Dating in high school is full of risks
Caitrin Blake has a BA in English and Sociology from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Colorado Denver.
She teaches composition at Arapahoe Community College.
In general, many American parents see work as a character building experience. Marsh and Sabina Kleitman, University of Western Sydney, report that fundamental issues remain unresolved.
In this study, they sought to evaluate the effects of working during high school on a comprehensive set of academic and nonacademic outcomes.
They spent more time on homework, came to school better prepared, had better attendance, received more rewards, took more courses, earned higher grades, were more involved in extracurricular activities, attained more leadership positions, had fewer “bad” habits (drinking, drugs) and had higher educational and occupational aspirations. students work to gratify immediate needs or pay for things their parents won’t buy them: cars, clothes, alcohol and drugs.
All other students, however, experienced consistently negative outcomes from working — even those who worked to help their families pay rent. These researchers conclude that working during high school undermines students’ commitment to and identification with school and subverts traditional academic goals.
As long as the job is safe, legal, and leaves ample time for academics, working during high school can benefit students, parents, and the surrounding community.
Students, parents and educators need to be aware of the potentially negative consequences of employment during school.
Learning to budget time and to use it well is a skill that many students don’t learn until they’re in college or in their actual careers.