Part-Time Work Ethic: Should Teens Go For It?

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A Summary of “Part-Time Work Ethic: Should Teens Go for It?” The purpose of Dennis Mclellen’s “Part-Time Work Ethic: Should Teens Go for It?” is to show the readers the opinions of Ellen Greenberger and Laurence Steinberg, they state that the jobs we give kids today are not the same as the jobs people had in the past which taught them more skills. The author begins the essay by giving the opinions of 3 students who work, of the students one seems to think that there are more benefits for working and two say there are more drawbacks. Then Mclellen gives the opinions of Authors Ellen Greenberger, a developmental psychologist and professor of social ecology at the University of California, Irvine, and Laurence Steinberg, a professor of child…show more content…
The author begins the essay by stating that a teen’s first job is one of many rites of passage. Then in paragraph six Brown states here thesis that she got from a discussion with a group of six Mira mesa students convincer here that “more than money is gained from a job” (309). Then in paragraphs seven through twenty six Brown speaks with Mira Mesa students and fast food representatives. Charlotte Iradjpanah, 17, senior at Mira Mesa High, Jenni Hada, 18, Senior at Mira Mesa High, Mike Vo, 17, junior at Mira Mesa High, Wade Palmer, 28, Burger King Manager, Bill Mayes, 31, Manager of In-and-Out burger and, Ba Hog, 17, Mira Mesa High Student. Charlotte ,Jenni, Ba ,and Mike are happy being independent and not having to rely on their parents as much, Managers Wade, and Bill state that they both started working when they were young and that students who did work there ended up being in good jobs. After, in paragraphs twenty seven to thirty one the author gives the opinion of Michelle Gust, 17, A senior at Mt.Carmel High who did many things in high school from senior class council to cross-country running while having a job states ”Working ahs taught me the importance of communicating with people”…show more content…
18 said they have worked part time jobs and 23 said they have not. On November forth, I conducted an interview with Cortney Steinhoff, Morissa Whitney, Ulises Martinez, and Cesar Mora, four students who took part in the November survey. Cesar Mora, who did not work in high school and does not currently work but did do community service at a thrift shop, believes there are more benefits than drawbacks. He told me “I can make my own money; I won’t have to ask my parents for money and I can buy anything I want” he added “I don’t work as of right now but I plan to work in the near future”. Cortney Steinhoff did not work in high school but now has a job in college working fifteen hours a week at chilies, believes there are more drawbacks to working in high school. When I asked her why, she responded “Working part time makes it nearly impossible to focus on school, social life, and sleep, you have to make more sacrifices than there is to gain” Cortney who is enrolled in fourteen unites at Long Beach City College added “I most often sacrifice

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