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  •  theoretically I agree to a certain extent. However (4+ / 0-)

    children forced to work by their parents or by a society which thinks that they are living off of welfare and have no knowledge of work because their parents do not work is a theme expressed in the US (see Gingrich) and the UK (Iain Duncan Smith).  Forced internships working on stacking shelves for free to ensure that your families benefit money is covered are exploiting poor children.

    I went to work at 16 while still in high school to earn extra money to help cover my education. Teenagers trying to do that today are facing competition from adults desperate for income who are taking on part-time jobs to make ends meet (this is increasing in the UK, in fact the numbers of adults desperate for full-time work but needing to feed their kids is increasing, along with mothers skipping meals to feed their children as the price of food is rising). Even worse they get paid lower wages than adults competing for the same jobs these days; I am not certain that full minimum wages come into effect until you reach a certain age and that means that they are being exploited even more than adults who are facing heavy exploitation in these jobs.

    I do not want children exploited; I do not want children forced to work because their parents cannot earn sufficient income. If children want to work at a certain age, we need to ensure their income. We also need to provide for better incomes for their parents and job creation.

    "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 03:45:59 PM PST

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    •  All of this is true, and happening right now... (2+ / 0-)
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      Justina, NY brit expat

      despite compulsory education. I don't think changing our system to non-compulsory will change any of that. Free schools might, in fact, change how willing people become to think and reason for themselves. That could have the opposite effect--pressuring the legislature to do the right thing and write laws preventing exploitation.

      De air is de air. What can be done?

      by TPau on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 03:55:44 PM PST

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