In response to “Working at McDonald’s” by Amitai Etzioni
I think that Etzioni is way off on his evaluation of the lower skill, lower-paying jobs in America. He makes it sound as if the employer must provide some sort of skill along with their jobs that will provide a learning experience. Why? Where in the Constitution does it state that employers must provide their employees with training while paying them to do work? It does not.
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And what of the people that choose jobs such as those provided by McDonald’s simply because they wish to have less responsibility, as is shown in the recent movie American Pie. In this movie, the main character quit his corporate, good-paying job and applied for a regular burger-flipping position at McDonald’s because he was tired of the stress.
And what about higher pay and benefits? The way the American economic system is set up, there must be some low paying jobs because there is always menial tasks that must be done and unskilled workers to do them. Say for instance, that everyone was guaranteed at least ten dollars an hour, no matter what the job was. There would therefore be no reason for some people to get an education because they knew they would have a decent job paying at least ten dollars an hour.
This would also upset the people who had gotten an education only to find out they made little or no more than uneducated people now. Employers, now that they had to pay drastically higher wages, would have to charge much higher prices. Now the people earning the higher wages are right back to where they started because the extra money they earn now just goes back to the employer. It s just a vicious cycle, and higher wages or jobs that teach new skills to
those who don t need them are just not practical. As hard as you argue, the simple fact sticks are ugly head out, there are always low pay, low skill jobs for those who have no wish to better themselves in life.
Example #2 – “Working At McDonald’s” By Amitai Etzioni
In “Working at McDonald’s,” Amitai Etzioni argues that “after school jobs” such as McDonald’s are not helpful to today’s youth, but in fact, they harm them in many ways and limit their potential. Some of the ways in which Etzioni points out that youth are being harmed by their part-time jobs is through poor supervision, blind obedience, prioritizing work over school and homework, and luring them into the consumerism trap, of earn a dollar, spend a dollar.
He also states how it limits their potential because the jobs that they are currently doing do not build adult work values, limit their creativity, provide few useful skills, and leaves them stuck in the world of low skill jobs at companies with no career ladder. Etzioni also points out that many parents send their high schoolers to work part-time jobs to gain skills and a sense of responsibility, but in reality end up putting their children in an environment that is stifling to their life long career.
When I first read Amitai Etzioni’s article, “Working at McDonald’s”, I could agree with some points, but as I examined the article more, the piece did not do produce enough evidence to have me fully convinced. Etzioni referenced a handful of studies but also mentions there has not been much research on the topic.
Many of the studies he discussed were conducted informally and were based on teenagers’ responses to questionnaires. In addition, he also uses his son as a representation for all teens working in the fast-food industry. Yes, his son does work in a fast-food job, but this alone does not make him a credible source.
Next, Etzioni attempts to negate results from the studies but fails to provide convincing evidence that advocates for his opinions. He has many criticisms for teen workplaces such as the teens are not given the opportunity to master any valuable skills and they are not able to work without proper supervision. Etzioni mentions one of the few skills the teens might learn while at work is how to operate a cash register machine. He states this information in a way that can be interpreted as snobby and frankly a bit rude.
He uses his words to convince the reader that there are no benefits to working a fast-food job and the only skills you will learn are essentially pointless, failing to mention any sort of learning opportunities such as, learning to work as a member of a team, the importance of customer service and other skills that can be developed through jobs they are working with other people. Etzioni is only revealing information he wants the readers to believe and take away from the article. In doing this he is skewing peoples’ opinions on fast food jobs, with his own views.
Then, Etzioni criticizes Charper and Fraser’s study claims by expressing the fact that the skills the teenagers learn in their jobs are worthless and do not compare to skills they would learn through a complicated, adult, “real world” occupation. He declares that because these tasks take only 20 minutes to master they are incapable of providing any other skills besides how to operate a cash register. This implication neglects the impacts that technology has made in the work environment.
Businesses have to stay up-to-date to survive in today’s economic market. They are always changing and improving. In the last decade, many technological advances have been made to fast-food chains to help ensure the accuracy of customer’s orders and simplify the customer’s experience at the restaurant. The advances in technology allow for new skills to be learned. Customers expect a level of customer service in which employees are trained in.
Finally, Etzioni claims the teenage workers aren’t learning the value of the money they earn and spending it on unnecessary junk because the kids are supported by their parents. He opposes his own opinion thereby previously stating a majority of the youth working in the fast-food jobs come from lower-income families cannot support themselves.
Before I read this article, I never really thought about if fast-food jobs are hurting our youth. But Etzioni did not have a strong enough argument to convince me they are. He cites informal student evaluations and uses them as statistics. He also seems to use dramatic languages and contradictory statements. There was also no real sense of credibility throughout Etzioni’s article. I am not convinced that these jobs are hurting the youth, maybe there will be more research is done in the future, which will shed more light on this subject.
In the post “Working At McDonald’s,” Amitai Etzioni argues that working at junk food places, such as McDonald’s, can negatively affect teenagers’ education. He points out that “as many as two-thirds America’s high school juniors and seniors now hold down part-time paying tasks, according to studies.” He provides lots of reasons regarding why it would affect their education.
Trainees with part-time jobs frequently work long hours and Etzioni adds that “in truth, these tasks undermine school attendance and involvement, impart few skills that will work later on in life, and simultaneously skew the values of teen-agers-especially their ideas about the worth of a dollar.
The author advances and states most of these fast-food chains are “far from offering chances from entrepreneurship (the lemonade stand) or self-control, self-supervision, and self-scheduling (the paper route), the majority of teen tasks nowadays are extremely structured-what social scientists call “highly routinized.” Learning how to run a cash register or food preparation device won’t be a skill that can add to you in life.
Students on a regular basis select work over school since of the reward of getting money than remaining in school and getting nothing. He also points out that students who have a part-time task do not get high-quality jobs after they graduate compared to the trainees who did not work. In conclusion, Etzioni suggests that parents need to rethink teen employment and motivates teenagers to go back to school.
In the article “Working At McDonald’s,” Amitai Etzioni argues that working at fast food places, such as McDonald’s, can negatively impact teens’ education. He mentions that “as many as two-thirds America’s high school juniors and seniors now hold down part-time paying jobs, according to studies.” He gives many reasons as to why it would affect their education. Students with part-time jobs often work long hours and Etzioni adds that “in fact, these jobs undermine school attendance and involvement, impart few skills that will be useful later in life, and simultaneously skew the values of teen-agers-especially their ideas about the worth of a dollar.”
The author continues on and says most of these fast-food chains are “far from providing opportunities from entrepreneurship (the lemonade stand) or self-discipline, self-supervision, and self-scheduling (the paper route), most teen jobs these days are highly structured-what social scientists call “highly routinized.” Learning how to operate a cash register or food preparation machine won’t be a skill that can furthermore with you in life.
Students quite often choose work over school because of the reward of getting money than staying in school and receiving nothing. He also points out that students who have a part-time job do not get high-quality jobs after they graduate compared to the students who did not work. In conclusion, Etzioni suggests that parents should take another look at teen employment and encourages teens to go back to school.
Teens and Jobs In the essay, “Working at McDonald’s,” Malta Textron talks about his belief that working, especially at fast-food chain restaurants can be bad for teenagers. Working, for teenagers under some circumstances can be bad for them but sometimes its good depending on the daily schedule of whoever is working. If the teen is still in school, working is bound to affect their involvement and attendance in negative ways. Though it’s true that while working you gain on the Job experience, Edition believes it ant really help If it comes at the cost of education while teens think the opposite.
Fast food Jobs do have an advantage in earning money while also learning how to manage the money they make. It boils down to whether or not risks outweigh the benefits when working Jobs like this which all depends on the current situation of the teen. To begin, the Edition writes how he believes Jobs don’t go well with keeping up schoolwork and can get In the way of attendance. This is the same for nearly all extracurricular activities most are after school so It’s likely to get In the way.
When I as in high school I had a friend John who tried to juggle a job, schoolwork, and a football altogether but in the end, he chose to give up football because he couldn’t make it to any of the practices. The author also takes into account that if students don’t have enough time to study their grades will drop without question. It comes down to the decision of which activity to give up to make room for work. More than half the time students will abandon the sport to find more study time Like in my friend John’s case. Second, the author addresses the problem that I think has two sides to the coin.
He believes that jobs generally don’t give any training that would help outside of the work they would be currently doing. This is true because most of the skills taught in fast food restaurants are for simple things like running the register or working the fryer. Many of Jobs themselves could be done as good or better by a nine-year-old because of how simple the work Is. Most aspects of this type of job wouldn’t help anyone In the future much less a teenager. Once they no longer work there anymore, the skill is useless unless they still plan on working in the same type of Job.
There are a couple of things that can be learned from a fast-food Job that might help with other Jobs in the future. If you’ve ever been to McDonald’s or any other fast-food restaurant and had a bad worker serving you, you might have gotten a little annoyed. Work ethic Is very Important at a fast food place or any workplace for that matter. In other Jobs, If you are not quick and efficient, you might not make It very far in your work. Also, workers learn how to work with different types of people this helps them in later experiences in a workforce.
Getting an impatient customer is a good example, when presented with a problem like this it helps prepare you for other situations like it in the future. This is not always easy but will serve as a great experience for jobs in the future. Lastly, Textron explains that working doesn’t teach teens how to manage there is that you learn the value of a dollar from your own mistakes. Having money and working for that money helps teens to understand that money isn’t free and shouldn’t be wasted. When teenagers want to buy something they’ll simply go buy it only to mind later that they could have gotten it at half price had they waited on a sale.
Also, teens will try to rent things they want from “pay later” businesses like rent a center instead of buying it when they have the money to do so Just to learn that not only is it more expensive this way but if they miss a payment the rightful owners could repossess it at any time. Often times this could lead to debt, but if they are lucky their parents might help them out. “Students who worked at least 25 hours per week while in school, their unemployment rate four years later was half of the noirs who did work.
This means that most of those that began in fast food Jobs stayed in that area of work or simply became unemployed. There are plenty of pros and cons to working at an early age, while it could interfere with the school it can also help teens develop a good work ethic and learn from their mistakes. If they don’t get the chance to make these mistakes before they move away, the consequences could be a lot more devastating. The question the author wants the reader to consider in all this is, can the risk worth the reward?
Sociologist Amitai Etzioni analyzed the negative values that teenagers get from working at fast-food joints in the essay “Working at McDonald’s’”. Etzioni shares her views on the consequences of American teeners getting high pay for “highly-routinized” jobs.
In the article, Etzioni looks back on the American tradition of letting youngsters work in order to teach them the values of self-reliance and being productive. She analyzed how the current trend of teeners working for fast-food joints does not achieve the teaching of these values. In the past, working for youngsters meant delivering newspapers or setting up lemonade stands offering enough opportunities for youngsters to be disciplined and creative as compared to the jobs offered by McDonald’s and the others.
The latter provide regular employment and high compensation but offer little room for entrepreneurship, initiative, and inventiveness. This, according to the Etzioni, makes youngsters nothing but workers on an assembly line.
I work at MCDONALD’S also.on the orientation, when you are working with the drive-thru, they tell you what to say on it, and you gotta practice saying it.it should say something like
“Welcome To McDonald’s, Can I Take Your Order?”
Then after he/she is done ordering, you confirm it.you should go like, “So That’s a Medium Big MAC w/cheese, with Medium Fries and a Drink?”.and they say yes then you tell them there total. Then, they drive up to the pick-up window, give you the ca$H, give them there change, the food then say “Have a Nice Day!” or Have a Good Evening!”.
At the register, where errbody waits in line, you say, “What Can I Get For You Today?” and repeat what you did at the drive-through.then say “For Here or To Go?”ETC.now in the kitchen, you read the screen, take a pattie out of this little heating thing, take the buns out of the toasting machine, put the patties on the bottom bun, put the cheese on the pattie, then the veggies, squirt ketchup, mustard maybe mayonnaise on the top bun, after that, you know what to do then individually wrap it which takes 5-10 seconds, then put it on this rack, and go over to the french fries and put them in the frypod and for customer satisfaction, you have to clean the BATHROOMS!after that wash your hands extra, squicky, clean. Then after that, they inspect your uniform that is pretty much all.
I worked at fast-food jobs through college. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. Tons of college kids work at them because they have super flexible schedules and you often get free food! Don’t be embarrassed at all. Like someone else mentioned, sometimes it’s weird serving people you know, but just make a joke about it and don’t let it bother you. You’re getting paid and they aren’t.
Also as previously mentioned, if you are a hard worker, it is very easy to become a manager in fast food without a degree. This is actually pretty good money (30k/year + as a general manager of a store) as well as AMAZING benefits. Especially at mc Donald’s! And they have tuition reimbursement for college. You CAN’T beat the benefits at Mc Donald’s. They’re amazing, health, dental, eye, ect.
People who bash fast food are retarded. It’s an excellent career path whether you need some money to make it through school to get your dream job or if you want to make it your permanent job.
I work at McDonald’s. I’ve been there for over a year. It’s my second job, so I work there part-time (25-31 hours a week). It’s a way to pay my bills and support my kids, as I am a single mother. I am a Crew Trainer at our restaurant and I’ve seen many employees come and go.
The biggest thing to know is that it’s not always an easy job. You have to work hard and be nice to the customers, even when they yell at you or throw food. (Yes, that does happen sometimes). If you decide to go to work there, I hope that your experience is a good one and that you make good money.