Should the teenagers be forced to do unpaid work in their spare time?
Many young people work on a volunteer basis, and this can only be beneficial for both the individual and society as a whole. However, I do not agree that we should therefore force all teenagers to do unpaid work.
Teenagers are already under enough pressure with their studies, without being given the added responsibility of work in their spare time. School is just as demanding as a full-time job, and teachers expect their students to do homework and exam revision on top of lessons every day. When young people do have some free time, we should encourage them to enjoy it with their friends or spend it doing sports or other lesure activities. They have many years of work ahead of them when they finish their studies.
At the same time, I do not believe that society has anything to gain from obliging young people to do unpaid work. In fact, I would argue that it goes against the values of a free and fair society to force a group of people to do something against their will. Doing this could only lead to resentment amongst young people, who would feel that they were being used, and parents, who would not want to be told how to raise their children. Currently, nobody is forced to volunteer, and this is the best system.
In conclusion, teengagers may choose to work for free and help others, and I do not agree that we should make this compulsory.