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Should child labor be legal?
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Charlie Geier
Oct 21, 2012
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Yes, it is perfectly fine as long as the child is receiving the normal wage for their job and are ca


Charlie Geier
Oct 21, 2012
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I personally believe that children should be allowed to work as long as they are payed the same wage that an adult would get paid for the job, work regular hours, and are capable of doing the work. If this is the case then there is nothing wrong with children working and it is simply discrimination against age that they can not work. As an 11 year old child I am telling you that if I had the opportunity to work and support my family I would do it and many of my friends would agree with me.

 
Charlie Geier
Oct 21, 2012
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Would anybody beg to differ?

 
Henry Hanse
Oct 25, 2012
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Rebuttal to: David Proper Show

Why not have both an education and a job? It doesn't need to be 80 hours a week, just around 10-20 hours. School teaches nothing about the /real/ world, a job would. I personally have learned far more on the job (and out of school) than while sitting in any classroom.

 
Henry Hanse
Oct 25, 2012
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Rebuttal to: G-ann Panto Show

Yes, but till what age can they remain children? And what if the child should want to work and be productive? If it is the parent's responsibility, then why not allow the parents to have their children work (at a reasonable age)? According to your argument, the child's well-being is up to the parent, given there is no abuse happening. If the parent feels that the child should work, why not let that happen?

 
Henry Hanse
Oct 27, 2012
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Rebuttal to: G-ann Panto Show

Has this "formal education" worked? Obviously not. As of this past year, we were 31st in K-12 education. Nobody is saying that education is not important. *Better* education does not mean a higher salary. Also, why couldn't that "uneducated" student simply start their own small business? After all, that is what will help our economy the most!
Besides, somebody has to be the maid and janitor.

 
Alma West
Oct 30, 2012
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Leave it to the states. I believe it is not the Federal Government's position to instill laws of that nature.

 
Sebastian Curran
Nov 19, 2012
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If the child does there job good like working at a cash register an likes it and is getting paid fair or the child is at least happy it should be okay unless they are getting underpaid or is being forced.The most hours they can work should be up to the child and can not do the job if he is getting bad grades or is interfering with education.I would say at least 10 years old and good grades. THe most they can work up to is 2 days a week and 3hours a day not much and parent permission.

 
Billy Roper
Nov 27, 2012
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I believe that children should be able to work. As long as they are paid the minimum wage adults earn, are not forced and pressured into a job by parents and are happy to have the job. I agree with child labour but I do not agree with children being forced into jobs and being mistreated.

 
Cora McClendon
Nov 29, 2012
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Yes, I am too young to get a job, but I wish I could. it would make extra money, and I think it would be fun. It would be a good and useful experience that we (me and other children/teens) could learn from.

 
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No, child labor is cruel. One might say to just look at how advanced China is with their children wo


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Formal Education is more important than early working (even when payed). Example, you are young, you work, and yes, you are payed. But how about when your employer suffered from financial recessions? To the point that you are being kicked out? If you have Education, you can easily find job, compare when you don't have that. :o)

 
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Depriving children of the basic right to enjoy this stage of their development will not only be inhumane, but it will be downright detrimental to our society as a whole. The reason why childhood is very precious is because this is the time when we want to inculcate into children basic ideologies and skills that will be the foundation of a greater vocation and profession in their future.

Now, going deeper, assuming that we will let children work as mere laborers, doing menial jobs that do not have much complexity, then we can say that they won't get the opportunity, nor the training needed in order to take on higher paying jobs. Continue this trend, and you will have a population consisting mostly of low-paying job earners, and not professionals. That in turn would be detrimental to our economy, by the end of the day.

 
Kaci Cameron Logan
Oct 21, 2012
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Rebuttal to: Charlie Geier Show

Why would you want to work. Your young. I'm pretty sure when you get to my age and you have to work you'll wake up and wish you didn't have to. But to add to your point, otherwise it'd be fine as long as they were paid the national minimum wage

 
David Proper
Oct 21, 2012
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children need to get a education. most kids that work at a early age will never have a decent paying job due to lack of a education. because they think its better to enter the work force early then to continue higher education.

 
Matthew Haugabrook
Oct 23, 2012
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Rebuttal to: Charlie Geier Show

I assure you that you will beg to differ when you're old enough to work...

This argument won't be settled until you've experienced it for a prolonged amount of time...

 
G-ann Panto
Oct 25, 2012
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Child Labor? Children should not be taken away their childhood, they should play, enjoy life and go to school. It is the responsibility of the parents to have their child a good memories and childhood days. They are the one who needs to help set up the foundation of one's individual.

 
G-ann Panto
Oct 25, 2012
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Rebuttal to: Henry Hanse Show

In our country 18 below are still considered as children. But do you think the child will have a decent job, without the formal education. Face it, you can't be successful without education. And what they will stay as low workers because they did not get to have a formal education because they opted to go to work as what maid, janitor?! Companies would not give you a decent job, a decent salary if you don't have a decent education.

 
Kamal Kashyap
Oct 26, 2012
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childhood is the initial age of learning not for that particular individual but for society as well because it is this learning that help our society in improvement

 
Brittany Williams
Nov 04, 2012
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Child labor is cruel. Children should be going to school, learning values and morals and learning what they should do and should not do in life. They should be playing and making friends and helping their parents. They should not be forced or have a choice to work from the time they are 4 or 5. When children are that young they are just beginning to soak everything up and they mimic almost everything they see going on around them. So yes this is completely wrong and torturous. Monkey see, monkey do.

 
John Li
Nov 19, 2012
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Rebuttal to: Henry Hanse Show

only 10 hours a week thats not a serious job. thats like selling girl scout cookies

 
John Li
Nov 19, 2012
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No company owner would hire a child and pay him the same amount of money. They would insist in paying the child much less money. child labor is only used as a way to get cheap labor. and what sort of work are you talking about is it like the work back in the 80s where children had to work with heavy machines that could crush your arms and legs at anytime. is it the work in the coal mines where the dust can give you lung disease. or is it like the work in india where they chain you to your work station and you cant even go to the bathroom. the only real jobs a child can get are the ones requiring hard labor and poor pay. and how young are you talking about 3, 5 or 12. and what about education

 
John Li
Nov 19, 2012
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Rebuttal to: Henry Hanse Show

sure work like selling Kool aid or walking dogs but a real job like managing investments or bargaining and selling. i dont think anyone would pay a child to do those kinds of work

 
John Li
Nov 19, 2012
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Rebuttal to: Henry Hanse Show

so your asking a child who knows nothing about business to start a business. don't you agree that children needs to know how to do math write and what the economy is. education isn't what gets you a higher salary it is essential to do anything in life successfully. and a janitor or maid earns less money than steve jobs so in that sense yes education does give you a higher salary. and i would rather employ a Harvard graduate than a drop out from middle school.

 
John Li
Nov 19, 2012
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Rebuttal to: Henry Hanse Show

i would say about 18. and if you look in the 80s parents are making their children go to work. and that work is often times dangerous. children had to work in mine shafts digging coal. the shafts can collapse at anytime and if you enter a chamber full of natural gas boom your toast. and children worked with heavy machines. many people lost arms operation the machine so you see children with no arms.

 
Joohee Park
Nov 24, 2012
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Rebuttal to: Charlie Geier Show

If you are 11, your job is to study. what kind of job do you think you will get when you are 11? you probably get a low wage jobs or hard labor jobs such as cleaning. But if you study in school instead of working, you will be able to get a high wage job. If you want to support your family, study hard, and later, you will be able to support them more . I am sure if you study hard, you will succeed.

 
Joohee Park
Nov 24, 2012
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Rebuttal to: Henry Hanse Show

Do you think it is easy to have both education and a job?
I think it is really hard to have both of them.
Let's say you are working after school, and you have a big test tomorrow at school. You will probably think it will be ok to study after work. But what if you are really tired you can't study?
What if something unexpected happen?
You will fail your test, get low grade.
You are student, you have to concentrate on studying.

 
Joohee Park
Nov 24, 2012
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Rebuttal to: Henry Hanse Show

I think it is formal abuse to make children work.
What kind of parents will say to their children, "Go and work, you don't have to study." ?
If parents really think about their children, they should recommend studying, not working.. Also,parents should let their children play with their friends and develop their social skills.


 


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