“Should children be allowed to work in factories?” What do you think about that question? In the First Industrial Revolution in England(1760 to 1840), the child labour begins. Children from all the families, especially poor families were sent to work in factories. A abominable life or a happy life? Some children willing to go to the factory, some do not. Therefore, Should children be allowed to work in factories?
In YIS, 7B were doing a trial on that question, which is “Should children be allowed to work in factories?” in the England Industrial Revolution. The teacher chose which side each students will be in, defence team and prosecution team(against team). Everyone had to pretend that we are in the court in the time at Industrial Revolution. In addition, there are different groups including: Defensive team: Factory owners for child labor, Doctors who supported child labour, Supporter of child labour, Prosecution: Factory owner against child labour, Anti-child labor campaigner, Boy who worked in factory, Girl who worked in factory, Doctor against child labor and there is the lead attorneys.
First started with the prosecution team’s progress. Lead attorney, Adam Turner. He said that “When the child first come to the factory, the owner will lie to them that if they work in the factory, they will get good clothes, good education, good environment. However, it’s just a lie. The people from the factory gave children only old T-shirt to wear, give children food from trash and won’t give them good education” What do you think about what he said? You can feel something very miserable for children, food from trash?! Thats ridiculous and crazy… The part when it was very interesting was the part with the girl and boy who worked in the factory, Emily Small and Robert Dickens came. They told us a lot of depressing and angry stories about them and other children. “Once, there was a group of children want to escape and they did, then got discovered by another factory owners who remembered them.” Robert Dickens said dreadfully. Emily Small said sadly:“He would pull our hair and ears until we learned our lesson. Sometimes at night I could hear my co workers scream as taken out of the room to get punished.” How ghastly was this!! Children are not a animal, they are also human. Boss and children should be treated the same, we are all humans right?
Everyone was feeling very emphasise when they here this two story…
Second, with the defence team’s progress. The first person who was the lead attorney, Frida Ward. Her speech was so effective and persuasive for the defence team’s start. She said: “Something very shock is, in fact, a lot of children joined willingly, although children got low wages because of their inexperience.” This sentence was the most persuasive part because the children willingly wants to join, so that means, no one can stop them from going to the factory. In addition, another one is: “Out of 448 children, only 8 children has problem with distortion!! Only 8 children!!” It was very surprising for all the people. Children actually won’t really have health problems working in factories. The riveting part over the defence team was the part with Samantha Washington, the factory owner supporting child labour. She said something very a bolt from the blue is: “All the employers in my factory have good meals. They have milk porridge for breakfast, potatoes and bacon for dinner and meat on Sundays. The children has the best schoolmasters in England to teach the children in my factory.” Actually, the children get very good treatment in that factory. It’s the part that most persuaded other people to support child labour.
Finally, the part the judge(The teacher) choose which side team won. “The winner is………Defence team!!” All the people were like why?? She said because the defence team had a lot of strong evidence which persuade her a lot. The Defence celebrate for victory…
All the students did a very good job on this trial and students know more about child labour in Industrial Revolution from this. This improved all the students knowledge on the bad thing and the good thing about child labour and on how to make a good persuasive speech.
“Should children be allowed to work in factories??”
Author: Yuka Saito (A 7B student from YIS)
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