Is Newt Right About Poor Children?

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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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Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:49pm
My DH teaches at a high school in a very poor neighborhood. The school has a reputation as a "ghetto school." I can't tell you how many times we have gone somewhere and run into one of his students working.
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Registered: 11-20-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:51pm

iluvkrat wrote:

"I can't tell you how many times we have gone somewhere and run into one of his students working."

And yet so many find that just wrong.

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:51pm
I've run into quite the opposite...having grown up poor and working with other people who grew up poor. We all got good work ethics from our parents. The ones who came in expecting things to be handed to them and were some of the worst workers and obnoxious to boot were the kids who grew up with money.
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:54pm
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That's not what I'm getting from the conversation. Students should be first and foremost focused on their education. High school students are allowed to work (with certain restrictions based on child labor laws). Junior high school students are able to work at various odd jobs. I personally babysat, cleaned houses, and went door to door with a bucket, soap, and rags, washing cars in people's driveways.
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Registered: 05-13-2009
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:55pm
I've got no beef with teens minimum wage jobs in the summer. My daughter learned a valuable lesson this summer working 24-32hrs a week at a local catering company. She had to get up and go to work when many of her friends were getting up at noon and going to the beach.

But Newt's plan to make poor children in poor neighborhoods work, without looking at the current teen unemployment rate of close to 40% is just flat out wrong. Get the teens employment opportunites, and educate the children.
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Registered: 11-20-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:57pm

iluvkrat wrote:

"The ones who came in expecting things to be handed to them and were some of the worst workers and obnoxious to boot were the kids who grew up with money."

I am sure there are lazy workers with bad work ethics in every demographic.

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Registered: 11-20-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:59pm

chestnuthooligan wrote:

"But Newt's plan to make poor children in poor neighborhoods work, ..."

Newt is not planning to MAKE anyone do anything.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:59pm
Education! Not rolling back child labor laws to the era of Dickens.
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 8:00pm

Teenagers do have the opportunity to work if they want. Gingrich is advocating firing adult workers and having poor teenagers take their place.

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Registered: 05-13-2009
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 8:04pm
Newt is proposing that children in poor neighborhoods should be MADE to work. He has said it twice in the past month. Is he a liar? Should we ignore what he proposes?

Do candidates make statements that they don't plan to, at least, try to implement?

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