Most teenagers are capable of watching their younger siblings and may even babysit for other families for pay. In general, anything your teens get paid to do for other families (mowing the grass, shoveling snow, washing dishes) they can also do for their own family. Of course, the presentation is crucial, as you don't want to come across heavy-handed or as if you're enslaving them. If your teenager is bogged down with homework or finals, however, schoolwork is a primary responsibility, so you might want to scale down your requests until the busy academic season passes.
Last spring, when it became clear that there would be no field testing, I decided I could not support the standards. I objected to the lack of any democratic participation in their development; I objected to the absence of any process for revising them, and I was fearful that they were setting unreachable targets for most students. I also was concerned that they would deepen the sense of crisis about American education that has been used to attack the very principle of public education. In my latest book, I demonstrated, using data on the . Department of Education website that the current sense of crisis about our nation’s public schools was exaggerated; that test scores were the highest they had ever been in our history for whites, African Americans, Latinos, and Asians; that graduation rates for all groups were the highest in our history; and that the dropout rate was the lowest ever in our history.