Skip to comments.Why Johnny Canít/Doesnít Work
Posted on 05/21/2014 8:13:44 AM PDT by Kaslin
Memorial Day marks the unofficial end-point of spring wherein Tennyson told us a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. Now its time for that same young man, and the young female subject of his prurient interests, to fancy looking for summer employment. This 90 day trading of textbooks for shovels has long been a cornerstone of the American capitalistic experience. Unfortunately, like so many other deemed-arcane traditions, the students summer job has lost its shine.
According to the U.S. Department of labor, youth employment rates for summer jobs have increased since the bottom of the recession in 2009 and 2010 but that news is good only when viewed against the trough. In historical context, fewer young people as a percentage are working summer jobs than at any time since the late 1940s. Depending upon the source of the forecast, the projections for youth employment this summer range from bleak to stagnant. So whats going on? Are young people simply decadent, dependent and distracted?
Wouldnt grownups like to think so?
The truth is that there are two fairly discernable reasons for a lack of youth participation in the labor force. One factor is driven by policy and the other is a product of culture.
A summer job is the result of a calculus on the part of a business owner/manager. If a company has a need for additional work to be performed, or for work to be performed and its fruits stored for use over the next several months, it calculates the cost of that work. If the cost of having that work done is affordable, then the student gets the job. If either a sophisticated algorithm or a simple heuristic determines the cost of hiring is simply too high then the job isnt offered. In an economy where businesses are being taxed and regulated straight from the pages of Atlas Shrugged, The math surrounding offering summer employment is not adding up.
Interesting, then, that the Democrats solution to the employment crisis is to increase the minimum wage. Guided by the playbook of their economic oracle, Franklin Roosevelt, they feel as though the way to cure a problem is to tax it. Isnt it obvious that the reason employers arent hiring more young people is that it just doesnt cost them enough? If a liberal were a 12-step sponsor their first recommended step on the road to their sponsees sobriety would be a good stiff drink. Of course, anyone who can count from 1-10 while getting the numbers in the right order knows that the Democrats current push to raise the minimum wage doesnt really have anything to do with helping young inexperienced workers.
The far more distressing aspect of declining youth participation in the employment market is the cultural one. Much of American history has seen the celebration of work. For generations children were taught that work was something that gave them a meaningful role in society and that would allow them to develop the self- esteem that can only be derived from expended effort on the path to achievement. That is not the message coming from society and parents today. Walmart provides low to modest wage jobs to hundreds of thousands of workers and they are vilified as exploitative. Mom or dad loses their job and the government provides them with enough benefits and leisure time to seduce them out of the workforce. Movies portray bosses as Moron-taurs, part idiot, part monster and depict the worker who says stuff it as the aspirational hero.
Adults like to say that young people are simply lazy and too content to play video games and text friends all day. Question, parents: Who bought junior the Xbox and iPhone? The same adults who criticize youth for their slothfulness are the ones who take credit for teaching Johnny how to swing after his little league home run. If you taught him to hit then you taught him to sit! Society cant just cherry-pick when waxing poetic on their influencing of youth.
Years ago, radio commentator Paul Harvey said when covering a teachers strike Teachers on a picket line should remember they are still teaching. Young people learn from example. Society, heal thyself.
Getting a CNA certification takes less than 3 weeks. The retirement homes are always hiring. They pay $10 an hour and the shifts are 12 hours long.
Get to work, kid.
I like this line. It sumarizes the Democrat philosophy quite well.
Young people should be occupied doing something productive.
I like the idea of the CNA jobs. It’s productive work, and those jobs are always available.
I also like the idea of students doing volunteer work. Retirement homes and hospitals are always looking for volunteers. If they aren’t working for pay, they can at least be doing something productive with their time, rather than overdosing on video games.
The last thing a kid wants to do is to attend to the various bodily fluids of a really old person who has on average less than 3 years to live.
“I like the idea of the CNA jobs. Its productive work, and those jobs are always available.”
See post 6 for why these jobs are “ALWAYS AVAILABLE”
I am constantly shocked by what employers find acceptable.
People with dirty clothes, dirty hair, tattoos, hard ware on their faces... they all wait on you wherever you go.
How is it that is OK?
I went to a favorite restaurant the other day and the kid who brought my dish had dirt under his fingernails.
OK, maybe he didn't cook the food but there he was with his hands on my dish!
I won't go back there!
Working 6 days a week is completely horrible to most of these people. Lack of social skills, actually being able to speak proper English is another set back.
Middle aged IRS employees, and tax attorneys should be, too.
Get off of my lawn.
In the City of Santa Cruz, California, there is an ordinance banning hiring discrimination upon the basis of appearance.
Agreed. But then lets not say that there are no jobs to be had. Just jobs that American young people will not do.
BTW, my daughters are CNA’s working their way through college.
I know foreign kids come over here and work in summer camps. So that means there are jobs available.
The youth I know (and it certainly is not every one) work hard and make plans for the future. They don’t want to be living at home when they are 21 or 22.
I remember the ‘older generation’ condemning my generation for being lazy and no good (they may have been right). What I know for a fact is that the majority of the youngsters out there are decent typical teens. The extremes always get the news
At that point I would have got up and walked out. I’ve sent back wine when the waitperson brought it to me with their hand at or near the top of the glass. You always carry it from the stem.
Working 6 days a week is completely horrible to most of these people.””’
WORKING is horrible to most of these people. They don’t even understand the concept.
It’s always been that older generation condemn the younger one and this will continue until the end of time
OF COURSE there is there-—
The last time I was there was about 1990 & it was a city of freaks then-—all over the place—sleeping on sidewalks. I bought gas there & NOTHING else.
The question is why kids can’t or don’t work, but the real question is why they won’t. Won’t is a contraction of “will not”, and it is the essence of the problem. Willpower, the force of will, that is what makes people work. If they will it, it will happen. If they will not it, it will not happen. It is one thing to have the ability, and another just to do something, but desire is necessary for success.
I helped pay for my daughter to go to cosmetology school. She was really good at it, and was on her third job when she had the opportunity to buy a shop, which was 2500.00. I loaned her the money, foolishly, it would seem. I was to get free unlimited haircuts for life, as well as being paid back.
I called up on a Saturday to get a haircut. I was willing to drive 45 miles. She says, “I don’t work on weekends”. I was all, “wait, what”? And she was all, “I worked hard to get to where I wouldn’t have to work on weekends”.
Needless to say, she lost the business less than two years in, and I don’t get to see that 2500.00 again, and I now have to pay for haircuts at other places, where they have a will to work.
Look at us we are ready for anal love...
Seriously, how much do you have to hate yourself to do this?
My daughter tried to get the same type of job with the same company in Yellowstone for much the same reasons. Unlike my sister's experience, they had absolutely zero flexibility in modifying their contract dates to meet their seasonal employees semester schedules. Zero.
Which may explain why they import foreign students rather than hiring Americans willing to work but unwilling to make it a career.
I posted that factoid not so much because I was decrying Santa Cruz as to point out where that deconstructive agenda goes. If they get their way, it's coming to your town too. Just squeeze out resource industries and replace those people with welfare cases and bureaucrats and watch what happens in those rural elections.
Why work when the government will just cut you a check?When the whole house of cards comes crashing down,these people will be SOL totally.No income,no skills,except for thieving and I’ve got the cure for that right here.
While this is ridiculous and stupid, think about if they didn't wear underwear and had their jeans and pants wearing that low?
From “Ten Rules for Dating My Daughter”:
Rule Three: I am aware that it is considered fashionable for boys of your age to wear their trousers so loosely that they appear to be falling off their hips. Please don’t take this as an insult, but you and all of your friends are complete idiots. Still, I want to be fair and open minded about this issue, so I propose this compromise: You may come to the door with your underwear showing and your pants ten sizes too big, and I will not object. However, in order to assure that your clothes do not, in fact, come off during the course of your date with my daughter, I will take my electric staple gun and fasten your trousers securely in place around your waist.
And yet here I am defending them.
But yes you are correct. And the msm loves anything that can gin up controversy
As a grandmother used to tell me, “want in one hand and spit in the other and see which one fills up first”.
Could be. I worked my way through college so I didn’t have summer breaks. But I wish I had just to be able to do something like that. I lived in Ohio them. Just sounds like a lot of fun.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
He’s rebelling against his parents. Or society. Or something.
I’m, always fascinated when I’m at a customer’s house and there’s son Johnnie sitting on his fat ass playing video games while the lawn is being cut by a landscape service.
I worked as an electrician all summer long to pay my college tuition and expenses.
My youngest son worked landscaping all summer long to pay for his college tuition. He’s now gainfully employed as an electrical engineer.
FAFSA makes me want to puke.
There is enough stupid in that picture for a dozen useless youths.
A pair of aspiring inmates staring at a car that is smarter than both of them combined.
Maybe he didn’t feed his cat quickly enough.
I am getting frustrated with my 19 year old son. He’s been so lazy about getting a summer job. I will say he was sick often this past semester. He had s sinus infection diagnosed just before spring break, and then he had a stomach bug after his last final. He’s been home less than 2 weeks.
However, he seems to be okay to play games on his computer.
Last year, my husband got my son a job at his company. My husband did say my son worked hard at the job.
We’ve told my son that we are not paying for books or food for next year. He has to earn it this summer. We’re thinking of making him take a year off of school.
He does have good grades, but he is so unmotivated to get a job.
The money earned in part-time work during the school year, as well as any employment available during the summer (it's tough to get full-time summer jobs anymore) will scarcely dent one’s college tuition bill at most four-year schools, and any saved earnings will only reduce the discount from the sticker price given by the college.
Finally, many better schools, especially private schools, have broader curricula and extracurricular activities with which to engage students. It isn't unusual for top students to graduate with 5 or 6, or even more AP courses. In my day, having one or two was unusual. To do well, these courses take large amounts of time. But the time spent, if used well, is far more valuable than minimum wage, as five or six, or more AP courses, can translate into a semester or two (or even three) of college at many state and mid-range private universities, and are nearly unspoken requirements for entry to the most selective schools.
Bah! Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.
OK, I stole that from Socrates. ;-)
My nephews back from Afghanistan and is looking for something part time before college starts in the fall. Hes applied several places, but since hes going to be leaving for college hes not getting anywhere.
It can be done though. As a junior & senior in high school I was blessed to be able work the graveyard shift, first at a gas station, then as a maintenance factory union worker. Both jobs gave me a lot of down time to either study or sleep at the factory. When they needed me they came to cafeteria and either woke or got me. Got straight A’s in school but I like blue collar and always worked 2 jobs.
Maybe he should leave out the “I’m leaving soon for college” part.