Biennial Report Volume 14-15

Biennial Report Volume 14-15

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... permanent injury of the child; and the social interest may he entirely overlooked. It ought not to be forgotten, however, that the child may possibly suffer more from want by not working, than from premature work. Zeal for the child 's Welfare should not go to the extreme of preventing child labor when that labor is needed in the interest of the child itself. Unless better provision for the relief of urgent dis tress is made, some child-labor should be permitted. Thus, for instance, children without either father or mother are doubtless better olf at work than in an asylum. Even when foster parents require the child to work, they may be regarded as doing more than their narrowest duty in giving it home. care, and partial maintenance. Again, widowed or abandoned mothers if left without funds can usually provide only poorly for their children. These circumstances, however, whi_le pointing to the expediency of child labor in given instances. do not imply responsibility. There is clear evidence that not a. few children between the ages of fourteen Iand sixteen do feel a sense of responsibility, and under the present arrangements of society, it is dinicult to see how child labor could fairly he prohibited in some cases. But a child often assumes responsibility, or is charged with responsibility, under circumstances in which some other adjustment ought to be insisted upon or provided. The complete reform of prevailing adjustments in such cases of need can come only very slowly. But in some respects changes are urgently needed, and practicable as well. Permits cannot be refused at the simple discretion of the issuing onicer. But those who issue them ought to be given explicit authority to withhold them. except in cases more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236957911
  • 9781236957917