Evaluation of Working at McDonald’s
In Etzioni’s essay, Working at McDonald’s, he used many tactics to try to vindicate his opinion. The first was to state exactly what his position was. He said right from the start that working in mindless jobs can be hazardous to a teen’s mental health. A place like McDonald’s does impart few skills and skew the values of teenagers. But what you have to look at is, in 1986, all they had for teens to work were places like McDonalds, Taco Bell, and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
As he continues in his essay, Etzioni proves that these positions can be perilous to adolescents with statistics. He also states studies done that prove the point that he is trying to justify. He talks about the Charper-Fraser study, where it sees “merit in learning teamwork and working under supervision”. When he goes to argue about that, he doesn’t use any statistics to back up his argument. He gives an example, but he doesn’t state how he came to that conclusion.
In another study, done by Montgomery County, he shows that 58 percent of seniors acknowledge the fact that working interferes with their school. Here he has evidence that working teen’s struggle between working and going to school. In this part of the essay, he is not consistent. On some of his thoughts, he has the data to back it up, and on others, he doesn’t.
When he starts talking about a lemonade stand or a newspaper route, he should realize that when he wrote this, it was 1986. The neighborhoods have changed along with people’s lifestyles. You cannot have a newspaper route anymore unless you have a car with insurance and are over 18. The lemonade stand is outdated because neighborhoods aren’t as close knit as they use to be. It is possible now to live next door to someone and not even know his or her name.
As he goes along in the essay, he shares a personal story to further push his point onto his audience. He says ...