Put kids to work

IT is not that “Schools fail students” (HS, July 30) that demands addressing but that families do not encourage their teenage children to undertake part-time employment in preparation for the big, wide world of work after school, even when earning extra money is not imperative.

Schools impart learning about a plethora of issues but there is no substitute for learning punctuality, developing self-confidence, accruing financial literacy and coping with deadlines and pressures of work.

Schools are seemingly expected to deal with the workplace when many teachers’ own work experience is limited to the classroom. Far more valuable and instructive would be to inspire young people to learn first-hand about the rigours, routines and rules of work in the workplace.

Part-time employment could also elucidate what they actually enjoy and are genuinely interested in, rather than pursuing career choices that depend on an ATAR score. Brief Year 10 work experience does not suffice.