Children, Consumerism, and the Common Good by Mary M. Doyle Roche

By Mary M. Doyle Roche

The kids are complete, interdependent individuals of the groups of which they're a half; they've got a declare on our assets and our team spirit, in addition to a correct to take part in social existence. Their participation simply turns into exploitation within the context of patron tradition. The culture of the typical solid inside Christianity strikes groups towards practices of resistance and transformation to this tradition in a spirit of unity with childrens.

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Rather than address this self-evident truth, it’s become very popular to say that the problem is that poor districts aren’t spending money efficiently. ’”66 Of a 1992 United States Labor Department report entitled “Learning for Living” Molnar writes, Despite its advocacy of some sound teaching principles, the report gave no consideration to the aspirations and dreams of children. In fact, a person searching through corporate reform literature would, in general, have little hope of finding concern about educational equity for girls or minority group members or about the simple justice of spending at least the same amount of money to educate Reading the Signs of the Times 39 each child.

The nature of this is quite different from factory wage labor. Second, this form of child work is not linked to poverty. In fact, just the opposite is often the case. The wealthier the child, the more likely she is to been involved in this type of employment. Third, the benefits of employment redound primarily to the child in the form of character building. The income is not a crucial aspect of the family’s economy let alone needed for basic survival. Income is likely spent by the child on a new video game, iPod, or some other latest fad.

All of these issues demanded thoughtful attention and careful study in order to address the crisis in a comprehensive manner. 8 These included a number of practical, commonsense strategies about background checks on ministers, teachers, coaches, and volunteers, including parents. Dioceses have initiated various training programs for adults and for children about how to identify, report, and perhaps most importantly prevent and resist abusive situations. These were crucial steps, however limited they might be.

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