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: 09-30-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 5:02pm

Really? When he was in congress, he wanted to put all poor kids into orphanages. Said it would be good for them.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-20-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 5:12pm

chestnuthooligan wrote:

"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."

That's fine for your child.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 5:14pm
Gingrich is a dope. My grandfather was in Father Flanagan's Boys Home from 1923 to 1930 when he was released at the age of 15 to go out and make his way in the world. While it was better than nothing, it certainly didn't take the place of having parents raise him. He never spoke about his time at Father Flanagan's because it was so painful and he carried a lot of anger. The only reason he didn't end up in jail was the love and patience of my grandmother who taught him a better way to deal with life and he ended up being an excellent father and grandfather.
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-20-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 5:16pm

iluvkrat wrote:

"The only reason he didn't end up in jail was the love and patience of my grandmother who taught him a better way to deal with life and he ended up being an excellent father and grandfather."

As they say, behind every good man is a great woman.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 5:19pm
That's true. :-)
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 6:24pm
Well, since a 15yo is not an adult, I think they should be protected from the exploitation. I looked up the fed labor laws for children. They seem pretty reasonable to me. Children should be students, not employees.

http://www.dol.gov/compliance/guide/childlbr.htm

The child labor provisions of the Act include restrictions on hours of work and occupations for youths under age 16. These provisions also set forth 17 hazardous occupations orders for jobs that the Secretary has declared too dangerous for those under age 18 to perform.

The permissible jobs and hours of work, by age, in nonfarm work are as follows:

* Minors age 18 or older are not subject to restrictions on jobs or hours
* Minors age 16 and 17 may perform any job not declared hazardous by the Secretary, and are not subject to restrictions on hours
* Minors age 14 and 15 may work outside school hours in various nonmanufacturing, non-mining, nonhazardous jobs listed by the Secretary in regulations published at 29 CFR Part 570 under the following conditions: no more than three hours on a school day, 18 hours in a school week, eight hours on a non-school day, or 40 hours in a non-school week. In addition, they may not begin work before 7 a.m. or work after 7 p.m., except from June 1 through Labor Day, when evening hours are extended until 9 p.m. The permissible work for 14 and 15 year olds is limited to those jobs in the retail, food service, and gasoline service establishments specifically listed in the Secretary’s regulations. Those enrolled in an approved Work Experience and Career Exploration Program (WECEP) may work up to 23 hours in school weeks and three hours on school days (including during school hours)

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2009
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 6:36pm
<< Seems if a child is mature enough to be able to do a particular job and WANTS to do that job and the parents of the child are okay with them doing the job and the employer is willing to hire the child, the government should butt out. >>

Local governments run schools... so yeah, I agree. The gov't should butt out.

<< At age 12, I wanted to work in the horse industry. I couldn't. >>

My son has worked in agriculture, his first time at age 11 picking blueberries in the fields. But I'd never hire a 12 y.o. for anything I can think of at the moment.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 6:49pm

In my opinion, high school students should be encouraged to volunteer. If they volunteer they can have the opportunity to experience the working world and see how various companies function.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-20-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:04pm

nisupulla wrote:

"In my opinion, high school students should be encouraged to volunteer. If they volunteer they can have the opportunity to experience the working world and see how various companies function.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-20-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:11pm

cat.alley wrote:

"Local governments run schools... so yeah, I agree. The gov't should butt out."

I thought we were talking about child labor laws.

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