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Common Core State Standard L.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: Video of a current news event is presented for discussion to encourage student participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the video. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.
News Video for: 10/17/2016
Kids work in US tobacco fields
Kids as young as 12 are still working in U.S. tobacco fields. And they're doing it willingly because they need the money. But working in fields can cause harsh side effects since they're working around poisonous nicotine and pesticides. It is also completely legal under federal child labor laws, which bar kids younger than 14 from most jobs but allows them to work in agriculture an unlimited number of hours, outside school hours.
Class discussion: Should young kids be working long hours in U.S. fields? Why or why not? How dangerous is farm work? How does it compare to the risks of other jobs? Why has agriculture been excluded from U.S. child labor laws? Should other jobs be open to kids under 14 or 16? How do other countries deal with child labor? Should the United States ban products made by children? Would you be ready to spend more for food, electronics, clothing and other goods that were not produced by children?