Child Labor

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Child Labor
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Fri, 12-02-2011 - 1:22pm

gainful employment of children of the "lower orders" actually benefited poor families and the community at large.

http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/childlabor/about.htm

Have we come full circle? Is it time to loosen the child labor laws and put poor children back to work? Have protections for children gone too far?

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Registered: 05-03-2011
In reply to: nisupulla
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 1:46pm
We don't have enough jobs available for adults. Now he wants to have children added into the mix? What a dope.
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Registered: 10-11-2005
In reply to: nisupulla
Sat, 12-03-2011 - 3:50am

And add more adults to the unemployment line. Real smart?

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Registered: 04-22-2005
In reply to: nisupulla
Sat, 12-03-2011 - 8:10am

This is the wrong time to increase competition for jobs.





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Registered: 06-25-2008
In reply to: nisupulla
Mon, 12-05-2011 - 8:49pm

In my opinion it is a fantastic idea to let underpriviledged younger children work a few hours a week, earn a few bucks, and learn responsibility. He is obviously not talking slave labor-he's talking about teaching children (those with no good role models) from a young age responsiblity towards a job and spending.

My husband works in an industry that hires many young people who are working for the first time in their lives. Most are from poorer backgrounds. Once hired, many can't keep their jobs because they don't know how to discipline themselves to get to work (and be on time) and don't realize what it means to actually work because they are used to seeing their parents/guardians get

Brenda

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Registered: 06-25-2008
In reply to: nisupulla
Mon, 12-05-2011 - 9:00pm

My friends and I were talking tonight about how many jobs are

Brenda

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Registered: 05-13-2009
In reply to: nisupulla
Mon, 12-05-2011 - 9:52pm
Really? fantastic idea? Oh my.

How about what he's really advocating. Rolling back child labor laws, taking livable wage jobs from working poor adults.

Children under 15 should be educated, and if we can't do that, we are doomed to be a 2nd or 3rd world nation into the future.

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Registered: 05-13-2009
In reply to: nisupulla
Mon, 12-05-2011 - 9:59pm
Where can adults actually live on pt $7.25 an hour? Without EIC or foodstamps and rental subsidies?

My 16yo makes $8hr and loves it, but she has no actual expenses.
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Registered: 01-21-2011
In reply to: nisupulla
Mon, 12-05-2011 - 10:43pm
I agree with this - I teach high school kids, and I have many, many anxious freshmen desperate to be old enough to work so that they can earn their own freedom and start making their own way in the world.

Giving kids an option to work isn't the same as forcing them to work. As for people wondering where they will find 20 hours in a week, most kids arne't working more than 10 to 15 hours per week, and that's 15 hours they aren't playing Xbox or watching television. Kids have worked alongside adults for centuries in this country. They only became pampered in the last few generations. It's time for the pendulum to swing back a bit and give them a chance to establish some work ethic.
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Registered: 01-22-2000
In reply to: nisupulla
Tue, 12-06-2011 - 7:00am

Very good post.

Thank you for weighing in with a rational view of what benefit can/will come from teens(not elementary school students, as I think I read here) working part time.

Sonny

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Registered: 07-11-2006
In reply to: nisupulla
Tue, 12-06-2011 - 7:28am

From your post, I can't tell if you agree with Newt that the child labor laws are "stupid" and should be changed.

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