posted on Aug, 12 2011 @ 01:30 PM
1. The only people who do this are poor. Stopping the practice will just keep them in poverty longer.
2. Does every kid picking berries do this dawn to dark all year long? Of course not. Berry picking time only lasts 15-30 days out of the year.
Usually in May-June, when school is letting out for the year.
3. The kids are short, which means they don't have to stoop to pick the low berries; in other words, they can do some of the work better than
an adult could.
4. The concept that children should lay around in the summer and play video games is a product of the suburban middle-class ideal. Poor children
have always worked, when they get the chance.
5. Rural America is organized around agriculture. It will be impossible for urbanites to understand, but farm work doesn't begin at 8 am and stop
at 5, with coffee breaks and a pension fund.
6. Children often accompany their parents into the field because there are no day-care facilities out in unincorporated areas. The children often
play as much as work. Since they are paid by the bucket, there is no penalty (other than lost opportunity) if they are slower than the adults, or
need a nap.
I didn't grow up in berry-growing areas, but I did grow up in rural America. I started working on farms beginning about 6th grade (the nature of
work demanded physical workers). I stacked hay bales and shoveled horse hit, stacked bushel bags of seed and feed, changed flat tires, and dug
irrigation ditches, cleaned out fence rows, and set up portable pens. My parents used my pay for groceries at first, and cancer treatments for a
dying family member later on. I only worked about one or two Saturdays a month during the school year, but worked all summer long once I turned 14
and could drive a tractor.
The kids I associated with (most of them Mexican, or the children of Mexican immigrants) bought our first vehicles with money we'd earned doing farm
But you know liberals: always right, and always wealthy enough not to have to live with the "solutions" they invent to "problems" like this.