I know most of you modern folks think that "Duh, of course!" but try to think a bit further, why was it ever legal in the first place? Know that the people who made it law are people with moral values like you and me.
Now then, you might think that the laws are really old but in reality they weren't. While children had been put to work since the beginning of human civilization, the law itself was only put into place when factories went up and suddenly the childrens' work became more dangerous than tilling the soil or making horseshoes. Also, while kids can play on the farm, they certainly couldn't play in the factory.
But today, we certainly don't need kids on factories because they are automated (and outsourced to China anyway). Children have become so spoiled nowadays that they become fat and their brain either rots or as is the case in Asian countries, focused solely on maths and social interaction also went kaput. proof<>^v
So I was thinking, why not put them to work? Of course by work I don't mean exploitation but rather genuine, honest work that these kids might enjoy. And by work I don't mean schoolwork but rather real bona fide work.
It's an interesting thought too that the fancy private school that my sister wished to attend had a rule that every student must work (by work here they mean internship to a real company (and by internship, they mean paid internship because they need to learn how to handle money or something, hence 'work'). Of course she bailed on it because seriously, wouldn't you? (The money is shit btw but to HS students they must have worth a fortune)
But yeah, I don't think that modern working environment can kill children like they use to and education is pretty much just to get the college degree anyway. So rather than the college culture we have today (which is a total waste of time unless you're doing anything technical), we should have a work culture.
Of course general education shouldn't be flat out ignored but rather integrated into the work. Put kids who are into science in the science labs, I know that there's even a middle-schooler master brain surgeon and we need people like him rather than the idiot doctors who are only in it for the money and botch his operation. Instead, that kid surgeon will have to wait 100 more years to get his MD and medical license while non-brain cutting people are around him and certainly not going to help him when he's cutting people's brains.
What do you guys think? I know it has to be heavily regulated but flat out illegal? I mean, earning your own money could be one of the greatest rewards ever and is certainly better than getting free stuff from your parents. Not only that, kids are also spared from the silly stuffs like 'bills' and 'taxes' too.