Children should work more. Philip Cook (University of Edinburgh) reckons the ban on child-labour is an injustice that disempowers and infantilises children. Rather than focusing on the age at which children are allowed to work, he thinks we should promote good work for children: work which is safe, enjoyable, and materially rewarding. It socialises kids, provides them with skills, develops their self-respect, and allows them greater financial independence. Come and have your settled assumptions about children and work challenged, and consider advocating more and better work for our children.
Philip Cook, Lecturer in Political Theory, School of Social and Political Science, the University of Edinburgh.