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  •  So Jack, (4+ / 0-)
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    cspivey, Aunt Pat, Mr Robert, cablecargal

    were you working for food when you were 14 and 15?

    What happened to Daddy's university salary?

    Oh, and by the way, were you mopping floors at your junior high?

    •  Grade School in 1960's (2+ / 0-)
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      TKO333, raincrow

      It was the practice in my school that 6th grade students washed dishes and mopped floors in the lunch room in exchange for school lunches.  There was no payment, just a lunch at no charge on the days you worked in the lunchroom.  Typically it was a crew of four kids.  Everyone did it on a rotating schedule throughout the school year in one week blocks.

      Then starting in the 1967-68 school year, only the poorest kids were allowed to do it.  Most who were excluded were miffed that it was not available for everyone on an equal basis.

       

      Ideology: A set of assumptions so appealing that one looks at their abstract logic rather than at how the world actually works. -Michael Hudson

      by Justus on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 05:06:58 PM PST

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      •  That's interesting. (1+ / 0-)
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        raincrow

        So small school and no janitors?

        •  Rural Iowa (1+ / 0-)
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          raincrow

          K-6 with an average of about 25 students in each grade.  There was 1 janitor in the building and 2 Cooks.  

          There was some similar sort of program still going on in jr. high and high school - where the classes from the 3 elementary schools in the district were combined (so 75-ish per grade).  Not being involved in the program after 6th grade, I recall less about the details.  I do know that there were students working in the high school lunch room at least through 1974, when I graduated.  Don't know if elementary kids were still doing it at that time.

          Ideology: A set of assumptions so appealing that one looks at their abstract logic rather than at how the world actually works. -Michael Hudson

          by Justus on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 05:22:47 PM PST

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      •  Interesting, so they let 6th grade students have (0+ / 0-)

        access to nasty stuff such as hydrochloric acid*, bleach, and ammonia with little to no supervision?  

        *Hydrochloric acid usually comes in 50% strength and thus the kids would have to dilute it before it could be used for cleaning those stubborn stains.

        You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

        by Throw The Bums Out on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 07:21:34 PM PST

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    •  Well I was... (1+ / 0-)
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      indie17

      I was delivering catalogues from the time I was 8 years old till I was around 16. As a result my back is far from in good shape. But my stepfather lost his job in 1990 (retrenched), and that was how the family survived, everyone delivering catalogues around town. I've walked more miles in my life than I care to try to figure out, but the holidays were the worst, the store catalogues for one house at Christmas one year were a stack nearly dead on two inches thick. Couldn't even get it into a lot of mailboxes (slots were a total no go, and the paper holder it just wouldn't fit into rolled up).
      School for me was an escape from hard work, hell I could sit in the library and read without having chores to be done. Asses like that make me glad my kids will never have to go through what I did as a kid so we could eat properly and pay the bills.

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