In some countries, teenagers have jobs while they are still students. Do you think this is a good idea? Support your oppinion by using specific reasons and details.

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Today, living in most countries is not as simple as it was before. The economic problems in some countries create the necessity of many people to work. In many of those regions the parents are not the only ones who work. Nowadays, a lot of teenagers work even while they are still studying. Unfortunately, this situation produces many negative consequences in the teenager's educational development. It is not a good idea for teenagers to have a job while they are students because it takes away vital studying time, provides extra money that may move the student away from the school, and distracts him from more important priorities.

First of all, a job takes away time from a student's studying routine. In order to succeed in the classes they take, students need enough time to spend studying. For example, most students take four classes each semester so that they will need to study approximately four hours and, in some cases, more than six hours everyday.

And that is in addition to the daily classes they must attend. Many students go to school Monday through Friday, from 7:00AM to 3:00PM and sometimes later. Due to this heavy schedule, working while studying would interfere with the student's routine, causing the student to not have enough time to study and, consequently, the student's grades would decline.

In addition, the extra money that teenagers might make at a job may move the student away from the school. When a teenager gets money while still being a student, he may think he does not need to study to make money, so he is not going to "waste his time" going to school. For instance, a student gets a job and begins to make money. A few months later he has enough money to buy...