But the opposite may be true. The more hours students spend at a job, the fewer math and science courses they take. Students who spend too much time on the job may actually be hurting their future.

Most of today’s jobs require math and science. But students who spend 20 hours per week on the job don’t usually take the tough math and science courses they’ll need later.

Students may need or want a part-time job. But parents need to make sure that job takes up no more than 15 hours per week. Otherwise, the job that is supposed to help a teen prepare for the future may be closing doors to future success.

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