In my Sociology class we’ve discussed how if everyone had a college education there wouldn’t be anyone to work the low wage jobs, and we need those workers. This is outside the fact that yes, people can make it without a college degree, but not everyone has the drive to do so.
So, here’s an idea. What if we lowered the working age to 15, and made college more affordable? Let’s be honest here, if we want independent children, they need to learn to earn what they have, and the only way to do so is work. If there had been jobs available to me, I’d have started working at 13. Well, technically I started working at 10 when I started babysitting, but I’m talking about a real job. I’ve always like having my own money, and my parents always encouraged me to work for it.
In high school, you really don’t need to make a whole lot of money, outside dire family circumstances. So, a part time, minimum wage job really isn’t all that bad for high school, and even college kids. Not to mention, most places want you to have experience before getting a job. You kind of have to have a job in the first place to even get experience.
Now, I’m not talking about management/shift supervisor/upper level sorts that can come from working those minimum wage jobs, I’m talking those entry level jobs that don’t really require much previous experience. Not only does it give experience, but then those low wage jobs are still filled, and it gives people a better chance of possibly affording college. Especially since college seems to want more and more to rob you blind.
There’s other ways to try and afford college, but that’s another post. This is focusing on the possibility of lowering the work age, and allowing high school and college students to focus those low wage jobs, so as to possibly strengthen the economy with more educated adults.