2. How does firing school janitors and hiring student janitors enhance teaching at underperforming schools?
3. Why isn't Gingrich concerned about the adults who would be laid off by his proposed scheme? My guess is that Gingrich isn't concerned much about teaching 10-year-old poor students how to become hard workers. My hunch is that he wants to eliminate working wages for people in public sector jobs and replace those wages with bottom-barrel hourly wages for student trainees. What about the adult janitors who have lost their jobs and can no longer financially support their families?
I think it is important to remember that nationwide child labor laws finally went into effect during the Great Depression because adults and children were competing for employment as rock-bottom wages. Additionally, child labor laws also have a secondary effect: they keep kids in school and out of the labor market. Limiting work hours for children protects jobs and wages for working families. And limiting work hours of children also allows them the ability to actually study and excel in their classes.