School sign off for work seen as unfair

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School sign off for work seen as unfair

 McDonalds, Parks and Rec, Tri-City Herald- these are a few examples of jobs that require a signature from the school. Why?

Work, it’s something almost every high schooler has. When students begin new jobs, they have to fill out a mountain of paperwork giving the employer all kinds of personal information. What is really disconcerting is that increasingly, employers are asking students for their school’s signature in order to obtain that position. That means the student has to find an administrator to sign that piece of paper. But why? Why is that the school’s business? Should that be a decision that students decide at home with their parents?

   Our lives revolve around school, including friend groups, our future career, and preparing to face the real world. We spend more time at school than our own homes. High schoolers spend 5 hours and 25 minutes, 7:45 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. five days a week.

 The school may think that because of all the time students spend there, they should have a say, but the school doesn’t have the right to decide what jobs we can get and how many hours we can work. The school doesn’t have the right to take away our freedom outside of school.

Let’s say you are a highschool student looking for a job to help your family pay the bills. Can the school tell you that you can’t have the job because of a low GPA? That should be up to your parents, not the school.

   School is meant for education, but instead it is treated like it is our legal guardian. The school now decides to make decisions for us instead of giving us the freedom we’ve earned since birth. The freedom to make decisions for ourselves is taken away by the school.  Do you really think the school has the right to take away your life that doesn’t involve school?

 School required signatures need to go. Not just because it’s a rule that takes away students’ freedom, but it’s a rule that shows that the school is in charge of them. Just because students attend school for most of the day doesn’t mean that they live there.


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