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Exactly - it's not that the kids don't want the jobs, I don't think. My own kids certainly never refused any chance to earn a few dollars.
But in today's market - with millions of adults out of work and also willing to do just about anything - what grocery store manager or fast food chain owner would choose a 16 year old kid with absolutely no skills, no people skills and no experience over the 50 applicants with 20 or 30 years of acquired skills and experiences who are willing to work for the same minimum wage and are probably going to be twice as responsible about showing up for work as a kid with the occasional better thing to do?
I for one would welcome a 16 year old who can speak fluent English over a 30 year old immigrant, with no English skills, when I go to the drive-thru at McDonalds. These are not skilled positions so I'm confused why an employer would hire someone in a face-to-face position, that can't speak English very well, over someone who can.
I think a lot of teenagers don't want to work those kind of jobs as they feel they should be making $15 an hour somewhere.
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I think it's a great idea for Detroit. Saves money, and they'll continue to get the predictably *****ty education they get now. Might as well jam 60-70 in a class together for what they are getting.
Seriously folks. THE DETROIT SCHOOL DISTRICT SUCKS, and you're crying because they're "standards" might go down. WTF
Take a look at this RECENT STUDY. It's shows what scam the Detroit Schools are trying to pull. They recently put out a statement about how their GRADUATION RATES ARE RISING.
But look at the crosstabs and you'll see in just about EVERY SCHOOL (except 6 out of 28), they are putting out 0% (that's ZERO) of "college-ready" students. Even the best school in the district barely broke 10%....... The state-wide average is 19% and nationally its 24%. Do we really need to spend a zillion dollars to produce dishwashers.
They are just handing out more paper.
Since they don't really give a crap about actually educating anyone, does it really matter if there is 10 or 100 student in each class.
Last edited by Patriot_in_NY; 02-25-2011 at 03:46 PM..
In the response about jobs... even in this market, if a teen said they were available for the DAY shift on a Friday... they would be hired in no time at any fast food place / Grocery Store. and now the kids job is connected to their grades, their grades slip, they probably lose their job.
Every fast food joint I go to is still stocked with young kids working them. Same with the Grocery stores...
The key is, that 1 day a week where they can work the day shift would open up a lot more opportunities for them to find a job.