In his essay, “Teenagers in Dreamland,” Samuelson suggests that these days teenagers have too much freedom and too few responsibilities. I personally agree with Samuelson’s suggestion because we all know that no one is forced to go to school. It is up to the person whether he/she wants to go to school. Having the freedom to choose not attending school and starting work, at an early age, can lead teenagers to two different pathways in life. One of which is known to be the positive path for success and the other one to be the negative path for failure. The positive path can direct teenagers to learn self-responsibility but the negative path will mostly get them in trouble such as where they could be involved in drugs and gangs.
Having a job, at an early age, can make teenagers learn about self-responsibility as they are growing up to become an adult. For instance, the teens are now on their own to make decisions for themselves in life. The teenagers now have to decide how much money should they spend in a week and how much should they save up because their parents are not there anymore to help them every step of the way. It’s up to the teenagers to decide what is right and what is wrong for them, especially, when they are encouraged by people to sell drugs and make big money. Also when a teen couple has a baby they have to be extremely careful about their budget because who knows when might their baby get sick and they might need money to pay for his/her medical bills. Let’s take my friend Cathy for example. She and her boyfriend Damien have recently had a baby and now they a so uptight about them spending too much money. First, before they do anything with their paycheck, my friend and her husband always consider about their baby’s expenses. Expenses such as his diapers, his milk, and, his clothes. It’s not easy for teens to raise a child, as they are themselves in the stage of learning their own responsibilities. Nevertheless, if they have faith in themselves, they will turn out successful.
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Having an occupation can mean trouble to teenagers at times. For example, they could be involved in drugs, which is something that they will regret for doing in the future. Having money to spare most of the time, when you are the only dependent, can lead the teens into acts that may be illegal. Teens could start buying drugs and using them, which will eventually affect their physical and mental capabilities. Drugs such as ecstasy, cocaine, and, heroine are very popular drugs for teenagers to get addicted to these days. Being overdosed at work all the time can lead to permanent termination from the workplace that the teenager might have had. Searching for money to buy more drugs can lead the teen to steal from someone or even kill a person. And if caught and charged with first-degree murder the teens could be faced with more than thirty years imprisonment.
Another problem of teenagers having a job is that they could be involved in gangs. Gangs that not only do illegal operations in the nation but also kill innocent people for coming between them and their business. Teenagers could become a member of a gang, which does drug dealing to make money. There are several reasons why teens might join a gang. They may be in need for money and just by making a few deliveries here and there, they could make good money. Another reason would be to get some attention. Teens might tend to think that people would be afraid of them just because they are a member of a treacherous gang. But what they don’t understand are the evil acts of humanity which await them in their near future. Teens may be provoked to do violent acts of robbing, raping and even murdering people to prove that they are soul members of the gang.
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In conclusion, I would like to say that teens having a job at an early age would have some positive results and some negative results. The positive result may be a little hard to get but eventually it is worth striving for the outcome. However, going with the negative result will only result in a catastrophe for the teens. Although it may look as the key for their success, it will only take the teens to the bottom of the hole. However, the result revolves around the teenagers’ choice in life. If they make good choices for themselves, the result will be good but if they make bad choices in life, then the result will not something that the teen might have hoped for.