Originally Posted by chabby
Wow - It's interesting to hear younger folks perspective on jobs.
Iwas born in 59 and started working odd jobs in my neighborhood when I was 10 years old.
Not legal employment, but my pals and I would go door to door asking people if they had any work they needed done. We'd always find someone, at least almost always. Also some good stories came from it, like this cranky old bat that tried to get us to do this humongous weeding and cleanup job for next to nothing. We actually tried, but it was too tough and we politley told her thanks, but no thanks.
But I started working on farms when I was 14. I don't know if it was legal, but my Mom used to load us in her car and make us go do farm work with her. By the time I was 16 I was deeply involved in getting whatever work I could, from part time dishwashing, to driving forklifts in a warehouse. Worked for the forest service fighting fires when I was 18. By then I'd probably had 25 jobs. It was a whole different ball of wax back then. Not only did almost every kid work in summers where I lived, but many worked part time after school or weekends too.
There hardly any of that anymore all the farm work is done by illegal immigrants now and ICE is constantly trying to bust them all. But nobody cares, because these days it almost seems like many kids grow up thinking they are above any job that they didn't have to earn a degree for.
Society seems to be teaching them that.
Thats what happens when you lose your manufacturing base as a country.
We are pretty early in that process still for a history perspective. I think it will be our ultimate demise, unless things change and soon.
Not that I'm against kids having a summer job to earn money and learn structure but it seems society does not value an education nor do they value school sponsored extra circular activities . How many music programs and other non-sporting curriculums get cut in your area?
During the school term a student should really be concentrating on one thing and that is going to school. If they do want a part time job that is great as long as the job doesnít interfere with the school work. I have known too many dropouts who thought that making money was more important than school and are now stuck in that endless spiral of poverty. There are some who got their GED after dropping out and became very successful but that they are few and far in between.
Letís not get into ICE or immigrant workers, most Americans are the offspring of immigrants and this country was built almost entirely on immigrant labor. Not many people of the well-to-do were laying down track back in the 1800ís for the Transcontinental Railroad.