Newt likes the idea of putting kids to work cleaning up their schools instead of having a janitor do it.
Aside from the fact that it will teach a work ethic, it may teach the nasty little creatures to have a little pride in what they are doing. Make them clean up their own messes. If this had been applied ten years ago, maybe those occupiers of Wall Street would not be such filthy scum.
He also said that people should not tell kids not to get jobs as hamburger-flippers. Where the heck do you think the board members of MacDonalds come from – former hamburger-flippers! The only problem I see with this idea is that rich kids should be doing the same thing – cleaning school toilets.
“…Gingrich talked about what he called his “extraordinarily radical proposals,” including one to put children in poor neighborhoods to work as school janitors.
“Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school,” Gingrich said. “The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they would have pride in the schools, they’d begin the process of rising.”
Gingrich added that most successful people started their first jobs between ages 9 and 14, selling newspapers or washing cars. “They all learned how to make money at a very early age. What do we say to poor kids in poor neighborhoods? ‘Don’t do it.’ Remember all that stuff about ‘Don’t get a hamburger-flipping job?’ The worst possible advice you could give to poor children.”…”
I went to work, volunteering, when I was about 13 years old. By the time I hit 16 I had a part-time after school and summer job. (I bought a lot of clothes) I always worked when I was in college. And – my sister and I had chores from the time we were 8 years old and tall enough to reach the kitchen sink to wash dishes at night. I don’t care what the social status or bank account of a kid or their family is – they need to be working! Our after school activities were curtailed so that we could work. If I had a kid, there would be no basketball, soccer, football, tennis, cheerleading, or school based activities. If I had a son, he would be in Boy Scouts. My nephew, Dustin Boulden is an Eagle Scout! Other than that, unless they showed a real talent for music, dancing, etc. they would be either doing chores at home or have an after school job. It’s a good thing I don’t have kids.