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Child Labor is Alive in America

Bookmarked Get to Work, Children by Meg Meg (homeculture by Meg Conley)

Only poor kids have to work to have fun.

My daughter has the opportunity to go on a school trip abroad next year. I am sure it will be expensive. I don’t know how her school addresses the fact that access will be severely limited by cost. Maybe they have a good solution! But here’s how it usually goes,

“We know this opportunity is an extra expense. We encourage the kids to find opportunities to earn money to contribute to the cost of their trip.”

Find opportunities to earn opportunity! Just so American, right? Childhood enrichment is sold as some bootstrapping moment of working enlightenment for the kids. They can EARN this trip! It’s a LEARNING opportunity. But that line isn’t included for ALL the kids. It’s just there to make people feel better about the kids who can’t participate.

“Well, we told kids to work for the money. If they couldn’t figure it out it’s not because we failed. They just didn’t want it enough.”

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at tracy.durnell@gmail.com. She/her.

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