There is a definite association between the parents of a child in poverty and the education that child does (or does not) receive, and there are many factors that play into this connection: intimidation the parents feel, expectations put on the child, parent employment, location and condition of the school, and health issues. Unfortunately, all of these issues mean that children in poverty are on an unequal plane when it comes to education, compared to children in higher classes of socio-economic status. Lord Acton wrote of the United States over 140 years ago, “In a country where there is no distinction of class, a child is not born to the station of its parents, but with an indefinite claim to all the prizes that can be won by thought and labor. It is in conformity with the theory of equality . .
What is Child Labor? Child Labor is one of the reasons why children stop schooling or do not study at all. But first, what is child labor? Not all child work is considered child labor. According to Aldaba, Lanzona and Tamangan (2004), one must incorporate both national and international definition regarding child labor considering 3 factors which include the type of activity the child is engaged to, their age and parental supervision.
It is not only harmful to the health of children, but it takes away their chance for an education, and simply takes away their childhood. The International Labor Organization estimates that 250 million children around the world, between the ages of five and fourteen, work. Out of the 250 million, 120 million of them work fulltime (ILO, 5). Child labor is common in industries such as agriculture, domestic services, carpet and textile, quarrying and brick making, and also prostitution. Some children work in factories and other workplaces in the “formal economy;” however, many work on farms or in homes.
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