Abolish Child labor or Not?

On thursday, April 17th, 2014, 12:35 pm during humanities, our class gathered to have a court trial on the major problem during child labor, during the industrial revolution. We had an argument whether to abolish child labor or give better working conditions for the children. The class was divided into two groups, and each of them had a leader who would give a speech on the child labor. Fred Ward, the leader of the defence team of child labour has claimed in his five to seven minutes speech “…we can all agree that child labor is better than starving, even if the factories provide only the bare necessities.” Some members of the offence team were disagreeing about this fact because the purpose of the trial was to abolish child labour or give better working conditions. Another statement Fred Ward claimed was “..child labor is giving every child an opportunity to get into the world easily with training wheels and a helmet.”Adam Turner, lead attorney against child labor has claimed in his speech “…The point of industrial revolution is to develop techniques and to make people’s life efficient.”  After both leaders from each team has done their speech, the lawyers interviewed the suspects.

Factory owner, Sam Washington, was questioned by one of his lawyer

– “Why is it better if children are working in the factories then working at home?”

-“Because if the kids don’t come to our factories they would lose a big chance. If they wouldn’t be in my factory they would have to live with their poor families and they wouldn’t be able to get a  balanced meal every day. And with their poor families they would need to work on the fields or small work shops anyways. Also if they decide to work at our factories, they will have good education. If they have a poor family they would  have to  work in small workshops or fields so they will have a lower chance of being well educated since their parents would not be able to afford the money. Some children couldn’t even get education. So if they come to our factory they will be able to have a balanced life.”

Edward Homes, professional journalist, was questioned by his lawyer

-“Mr. Homes, what do you, personally think about child labour?

-“Child labour is to train our younger generations growing up to be strong, brave, and skilled adults. Along with that, these inspiring adults will change this country into a better place to live in, and for a better future.”

Robert Dickens, a boy who worked in the factory was questioned by his lawyer

-“Did you like working in the factory? Why or why not?”

-“I didn’t like working in a factory because I was forced to do many labor intensive activities for many hours. I was prone to many diseases such as White Lung, lung cancer, and asthma. I also didn’t like how easy it was to injure yourself.

What happens when one country controls another?

This is a photo that was took during the british colonisation to Hong Kong. As you can see, a lot of countries are shipping at Hong Kong.

What happens when one country controls another?

The coloniser would take over most of the land. The colonised would have to accept it but they can still protest about it but nothing would really change because the coloniser is more powerful than the colonised. Two countries would cooperate and interact with each other more since they live together and they would experience new culture such as religion, food, music, and more. 

The negatives and positives effects: 

Positive: The good effects for the coloniser is that they can more supplies and get to control more of the country than the colonised. Although the colonised can learn new culture from the coloniser so that would be a good experience.

Negative:  The bad effects for the coloniser is that they have to be responsible for the country because they’re in charge. The colonised country can be treated unfairly.

I think colonisation isn’t good for the colonised because their land gets taken from the coloniser and they get a lot of control.