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After school jobs are beneficial

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Started: 11/6/2014 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Round 1 is acceptance
Rounds 2&3 are arguments and rebuttals
Round 4 is rebuttals and conclusion


Accepted, BoP on pro
Debate Round No. 1


" After school jobs for high school students helps the student to learn responsibility, and does in fact help them along as they become adults. It has been known for some time now that responsibility is the chief lesson learned while the student is working a job after school. There are however, other benefits as well." (1)

I would agree with this 100%, if teens have a job after school it will teach them responsibility and the value of having a job.

"After school jobs for high school students can help to teach the student financial management. Perhaps they are handling money where they work, and they are most certainly handling money when they are paid, and they can be urged to realize that saving a portion of that money is something that is important to do, ultimately furthering their financial education. " (1)

If teens learn the value of a dollar early and before graduation, they will learn not to take money for granted. It forces them to be responsible for their own money.

"Another thing the student gains by working a job after school is work experience. He or she begins to know what to expect and what is expected of them when they go out into the world. This is a valuable lesson that cannot be taught from a book. This lesson is one that must be learned while actually doing it, and gaining that experience early in life is important to the overall success of the individual. After school jobs for high school students is important to this aspect." (1)

Having that work experience early on can also help them later in life when they want to move up in the working community.



Most teens already spend too much time on homework. It remains that most students have insufficient sleeping time.


Their homework can take up a lot of their time, with most students agreeing they have up to 25 hours of homework each week.


In addition to normal school and after-school activities, this is overloading and counter-productive. Students are already struggling with the amount of sheer homework they have, they are already barely getting any hours of sleep nowadays. With the addition of a job, the students would be lucky to even obtain one hour of sleep, as I see it. After-school jobs would hinder the students' usual performance and possibly even stop the possibilities of building a ground for better jobs, as the student wouldn't work well with the insomnia, both in school and in their jobs.

Helping financial management:
There are financial management classes in school. The parents, when buying gifts along with them, giving them payments every month as a "salary", is enough for financial management. This is far more beneficial and moral than after-school jobs. The policy of giving students a "payment" for their chores makes the parents and their childrens' relationship. After-school jobs would be repetitive and not very helpful as noted above. Having parents or teachers lead their children when they have free time would be a much better plan than having students work in after-school jobs.

Work experience is moot because when the students start out, they most definitely aren't going to work in the white-collar environment. Students are still students; they don't have the skills necessary for anything more than blue-collar. Very few students can actually have the ability to work in a white-collar environment to set themselves up. An environment in McDonald's is going to be very different from an environment in say, Northrop Grumman. While the boss may expect to you work all the 8 hours in McDonald's, maybe in Northrop Grumman you have to do more of the talking, discussing, and have break-times as well. A work that requires the brain is too different from a work that requires physical strength. Working in McDonald's is going to be counter-productive in this case, since your habbits will clash with your work expectancy in Northrop Grumman.

Back to you my opponent.
Debate Round No. 2


"According to an article on, 86 percent of high school students have an after-school, weekend or summer job and "students who work between 10 and 20 hours per week during the school year have statistically higher grade-point averages than those who do not work at all." (1)

Teens who have after school jobs are more likely to do well in school because they can learn how to better manage their time. Not every teen is going to work 40 hour work weeks when they are in school. One because they are not allowed to do that unless they are 18, and two they are only allowed to work tell 10pm at the latest.

You can only learn so much when you take a financial planning course. The only way to really learn how to manage your money is to go out in the real world and do it.

Work experience is always good, yes not all teens are going to go on a work "white-collar" jobs, but in whatever job they move into it always looks good on a resume to have work experience somewhere.



Higher GPA: just because those who work have higher GPA than those who don't work does not mean work causes good GPA. Correlation does not show causation.

" The only way to really learn how to manage your money is to go out in the real world and do it."
This still doesn't rebut my counter-plan...

" but in whatever job they move into it always looks good on a resume to have work experience somewhere."
Not if its irrelevant to the new work environment...
Debate Round No. 3


You can always add work experience under additional experience when applying for a job. Having work experience is always better than not having any at all.

Having parents or teachers help kids with money does not always work out either. If parents are having a hard time themselves then they are not going to be any good at counseling a teen.


"Having work experience is always better than not having any at all."
Not if it interferes with your study...

"If parents are having a hard time themselves then they are not going to be any good at counseling a teen." Still, that's better than nothing.

Rest of my arguments remain un-refuted. Vote me.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by cheyennebodie 2 years ago
Any way you can develop a work ethic will serve you well all your life. You will never be the one that cannot find a job.
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