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Teens should get their noses out of books and get a job instead, Esther McVey says

Barely any teens are doing summer jobs anymore

Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, says teens should get their noses out of books and go get a job.

What it means: The number of teenagers doing part-time work over the summer holidays has fallen from 42% to 18% in the last ten years. Girls are more likely to take on a summer job than boys.

Esther McVey thinks we should get more teens back into work, instead of focusing all their time on studying. Jobs teach youngsters 'soft skills', she says, like customer service and problem solving. A bit of experience will also make it easier to get a job later down the line.

She's placing 20,000 vacancies for part-time jobs for young people on the government's Find A Job website. It's not clear whether that means she thinks a lack of vacancies is the problem, or if its a symbolic move to encourage young people to get applying. If it's the former, though, she'll need to create a few more: there are 1.5 million 16 to 17 year olds in the UK.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?