Skip to comments.Newt: Fire the Janitors, Hire Kids to Clean Schools
Posted on 11/19/2011 9:32:20 AM PST by BarnacleCenturion
Newt Gingrich tonight said at an address at Harvard that child work laws "entrap" poor children into poverty - and suggested that a better way to handle failing schools is to fire the janitors, hire the local students and let them get paid for upkeep.
"This is something that no liberal wants to deal with," Gingrich said. "Core policies of protecting unionization and bureaucratization against children in the poorest neighborhoods, crippling them by putting them in schools that fail has done more to create income inequality in the United States than any other single policy. It is tragic what we do in the poorest neighborhoods, entrapping children in, first of all, child laws, which are truly stupid.
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Well, there goes the janitors union endorsement...
Newt seems to understand the Janitors for Justice movement which morphed into SEIU
How ‘bout putting prisoners to work -or the homeless?
Makes sense. Newt is smart, if not consistent. He can out-think Obama, and most of the GOP. The baggage though....
his greater point is right on the mark but the liberal media will run with the headline “Gingrich wants kids to clean up schools” mark my words...
The Current FReepathon Pays For The Current Quarters Expenses?
This has to be satire. He is not this stupid. We want to fire the adult janitors and replace them with six year olds? Really? These candidates are losing by themselves. I don’t have to lift a finger.
One result was a huge difference between the respect Japanese kids had for their school as opposed to their American counterparts.
Of course, in the higher grades, we have cops at the doors and kids are searched for weapons. Don't ask what the demographics are.
I live in an area that grows a lot of apples, cabbages, etc...
rather than having an army of illegals picking the stuff, I always thought - wouldn’t it be much better if High School kids spent 2 weeks doing this instead?
Of course, it will never happen.
Why not? They do that in Japan.
See my post #9. Japanese schools still employ janitors to do the heavy duty stuff, including maintenance and repairs. But just having the kids do a little not only fosters an attitude of pride in the schools, but eliminates the need for an army of SEIU workers laundering money for the Democrat machine.
In Asia the students rotate duties to serve lunch, daily cleaning of classroom and bathrooms. There is still a janitor and kitchen staff to handle ovens, stoves and maintenance that children should not handle, but less is needed because the students handle the majority of the lighter duties. The effect is lower school costs, teaching kids the skill of housecleaning and habit for cleanliness. Most important it creates peer pressure against vandalism. If one student vandalizes the school and fellow students must clean up his/her damages, they will turn on him/her. It would be an interesting experiment for our inner city schools where most of the vandalism occurs.
I grew up in cotton country and every fall schools let out for two weeks for cotton harvest. They made up this time by starting a week earlier and letting out a week later. Every kid between about 8 years old and high school seniors picked cotton. The cotton got harvested and kids made some money, many bought their own school clothes with this money.
Of course that was in the 50s and early 60s.
What a good idea!
The baggage, well no one has more baggage than Obummer, we don't even know who the heck he is.
We know Newt is an American citizen, he has a birth certificate, good enough for me!
gosh, isn’t newt brilliant?
There was a time when being a janitor in a school was a political appointment.