Should students work while they are in high school?  shoul they work or not while they atend to school?

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There is no one right or wrong answer to this question, as the above answers have demonstrated. Learning time management skills, money management and budgeting, and having the opportunity to learn how to relate to others as co-workers and as customers are all valuable learning experiences. However, completing classwork, having...

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There is no one right or wrong answer to this question, as the above answers have demonstrated. Learning time management skills, money management and budgeting, and having the opportunity to learn how to relate to others as co-workers and as customers are all valuable learning experiences. However, completing classwork, having time for extracurricular activities, and preserving time for family and self is also important. Aside from those considerations, transportation and scheduling and other responsibilities also have to be taken into consideration.

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I think that as long as work does not interfere with studies, it can be a valuable life experience. I worked through senior school at weekends. It helped me learn important money management skills which many of my friends at University hadn't developed. Also, I was quite shy and working in a hotel gave me a lot more confidence in dealing with people - it proved to be invaluable experience for being a teacher!

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I worked part-time after school and on weekends during high school and then during summers. I made excellent grades, had plenty of time for homework, and still found time to play baseball and have plenty of free time. Most importantly, I had money of my own to spend on things I wanted. It teaches children the value of a dollar and the responsibility of an honest day's work.

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Another thing to consider is that having to work a few hours a week can actually push students into managing their time better.  They learn to plan for school work around their work and activity schedules.  The actual number of hours may vary for each student depending on their individual situation (class load, commute times, activities).  I worked in high school (usually just 1 day a week) around all my activities.  It was nice to have some money I earned myself and also was a great way to learn how to function in a work environment.  It made the transition to college easier when I was working 10-15 hours a week for work study.

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Some students can certainly handle it, but others can barely handle school.  Of course, some students don't have a choice.  They need to work to support their families.  This is becoming more and more common.  The problem is that school is time consuming, and most kids need to devote efforts to do well in school now so they can get better jobs later.

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Because my son did not have to work, my husband and I chose for him to not do so. He was in the top ten percent of his class and he played baseball and football. Now, during the summer, we wanted him to learn responsibility of earning his own money so we allowed him to get a summer job. My son was fortunate in not having to work. Many students do not have a choice, but if they do, I believe studies come first. 

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The first answer does not mention that one major benefit of working is the fact that you get some money of your own.  It may help your family out financially or it may simply be useful for you to learn about earning your own money and budgeting it.

But I agree that it's not for everyone.  Studies should come first and if you can't handle both, school must come first.

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Many students work while attending school because they have little choice.  An adult student is likely to need the means of support a job provides.  It can be difficult to balance work and school, but it can certainly be done. 

The advantage of working while in school, especially high school, is the chance to learn time management.  Working will force a person to complete work ahead of schedule and learn to manage their time appropriately.  While it is difficult to learn balance, this is an important skill that will likely be necessary later in life. 

The disadvantage of working is the lack of time for focus on studies.  Working students might not be able to participate in as many extra curricular activities.  It may be difficult for them to find extra time for tutoring or other after school activities.  They may experience more stress with a difficult or time consuming project. 

Maintaining a job while attending school is not for everyone.  Someone who really needs to concentrate or take extra time to do well in school may find having a job is too difficult.  A self-motivated and well organized person may find it easier to balance work and school.

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