Is Newt Right About Poor Children?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2009
Is Newt Right About Poor Children?
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Fri, 12-02-2011 - 12:45am

Should some of the child labor laws be done away with?

 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-07-2002
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 2:30pm
When I first read about this about a week or so ago, I was just sickened. I would much rather see that 'effort' be put towards teaching kids study skills! Getting them involved in positive ways. There have been many programs that I've heard about that have had an positive impact on kids who might not be coming from the best circumstances.

Besides, when are these kids going to study? If they're working 20 hrs/week & going to school? Does he have some litmus test for determining which kids 'need' such 'guidance'?

Perhaps "Lord" Gingrich should spend a day/week/month in the shoes of the working poor.

 nwtreehugger  

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-20-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 3:02pm

nwtreehugger wrote:

"Besides, when are these kids going to study? If they're working 20 hrs/week & going to school?"

When I turned 15, I was allowed to work.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-20-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 3:09pm

nisupulla wrote:

"See? He's not being unreasonable? Kids under 14 shouldn't have to work full-time, just part-time. That makes it so much better, thanks for clarifying, Newt!"

No, he's not being unreasonable.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 3:13pm
I don't see why child labor laws need to be changed. http://www.dol.gov/elaws/faq/esa/flsa/026.htm

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-20-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 3:18pm

It appears that many states have their own laws with different age requirements.

Do we know Newt is speaking of the federal law?

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-30-2002
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 3:18pm

and I talked a while back about how my dd, who is bright, and finishes her work, wasn't"allowed" to draw, or bring in books from home to entertain herself when she had all her work done, while she waited for special ed and other



iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 3:18pm

I suppose the state laws could be more restrictive, but since Gingrich is running for president, he can only speak to the federal level, not state level, so I think it's safe to say that he's talking about federal laws.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-20-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 3:21pm

Interesting that they let kids work at any age in television or movies.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 3:27pm
There are all sorts of restrictions on hours, education, etc. for children in film.

I don't find the child labor laws to be too restrictive at all and it prevents children from being taken advantage of.
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 4:00pm

My 16 daughter has on average, 3 hours of homework a night. She leaves for school at 6:30am and gets home at 5pm. AP Calc, AP Psych, and AP Chem require lots of homework. She has much more homework than I did in hs.

She worked all summer and saved and she plenty of spending money for her teen activities.

Her "job" is to do well in hs. My experience is that kids who have jobs in hs, aren't involved in after school activities and don't do as well as they could with their studies. Money becomes more important than doing well in hs.

Work and a good work ethic are important, but it starts with doing well in school. That should be the focus of high school, IMO.

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