We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Adolescence became a social construct. Most of the research into adolescence, often viewed in pathological terms, began in the 1940s. Removed from genuine, real-life experiences and confined to a restrictive, artificial mass schooling environment, it is no wonder that adolescents often respond with apathy, angst, and anger. But this is not how teenagers have historically behaved, nor how they behave today in many parts of the world.
The America you love and remember from your youth, where teens had jobs after school and in the summer at local fast food joints and stores still exists. You just have to get away from populous cities and suburbs. Escape to small town America, and the opportunities are still there.
Where I live, very little immigrant population...we are relatively far from 'larger' cities, so I think we are less attractive to immigrants.
It is incredibly easy for a teen to get a job after school or in the summer. We have teens still bagging groceries, working the counters at McDonald's and Subway and even working at Walmart and nicer restaurants. They are everywhere. These jobs are plentiful for an industrious kid.
I love it. My kids have had more opportunities here than any other place I've lived. Great start in life.
Minimum wage laws are playing hob with teenage work. Real beginners are not worth very much, if anything. More time is spent supervising than is worth it. Kids learn about work and what they are willing to do, and what their labor is worth when you could offer them a small sum to do a small job. Increased automation of simple jobs is a direct result of raising the minimum wage. I live near Seattle where the disastrous results of playing with the minimum wage laws has made the national news.
the elephant's child