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Students working hard

An article in the Toronto Star states that “Sixty-four per cent of those who responded to the survey agreed that paid work is hindering students’ academic success” (responders being Ontario professors).

As a college teacher I would agree that tuition, books, and living expenses are higher than they were when I went to school. It is taking a risk to plan on having a summer job that will pay the following school year’s bills, as was the case when I went to post-secondary school.

In reality, this is just another example of how we are all working harder today to pay for bills. Many employees have not had significant raises for at least 10 years, even if they are lucky enough to have regular jobs. It is logical that this situation trickles down so that whole families are affected and parents can’t assist children with the costs of their education. Businesses are affected by customers with less disposable income which affects employment. What happens in the economy influences student success as it always has.

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