Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The “Right to Work,” Junior Edition

A few months ago, Kid Friendly Schools had a short thread about how “homework expert” Harris Cooper thinks kids should be working six to nine hours every day on school work. I commented:

Now that everyone seems to think that we need to use the kids to maintain our “competitiveness in the global marketplace,” and that we need to make them work more and more hours to achieve that goal, why don’t we just go ahead and repeal the child labor laws? What exactly do people think the reason for those laws is, anyway?

It turns out that I should be more careful about what I sarcastically suggest.

(c/o Balloon Juice)


Unknown said...

We've come a long way (assuming "full circle" is a long way) in the century since Jane Addams and other suffragists demanded the right to vote so that they could protect their children from the horrors of child labor.

Chris said...

Update: Is this issue the newest GOP talking point?