Is there a religion that agrees to the use of child labour?
I need more Buddhist views on child labour.
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In prior civilizations, views of child labor were quite different than in ours. The structure of society was different in pre-industrial times. Children worked alongside their parents to learn to do the tasks their parents did, so they could do them themselves as adults.
Yes, the Amish use child labor extensively after the eighth grade. Traditionally, the Amish forbids formal education past the eighth grade, when the teens then enter an apprenticeship program. The Amish received a recent federal exemption to allow teens to work in sawmills and woodworking shops.
For most of the old religions including, Jew, Hindu, Buddhism, Christianity, Muslim the child labour was no issue at all. Most of the production activity in the time when basic concepts of these religions were laid down, all production activities were family based activities. Children did participate in the productive activity of the family, but it was nothing like the child labour practices witnessed in Europe during the Industrial Revolution. To begin with the children were only assigned duties that they could handle well. Further, such work also formed the part of their education an physical development. Without doing such work they would not have been able to acquire the physical skill and strength that they would have needed to perform their duties as a grown up.
Thus none of the major religion had the need to specifically forbid child labour, as there were no significant abuse of children by way of child labour.
Actually the Amish religion supports child labor. The children who live in the Amish community have to work alongside their parents in order to learn the skills they will need as adults. They are given responsibilities at a young age and are expected to learn and develop the necessary skills to be able to provide for the community. When people think of child labor they think of a child being worked to death. However, child labor is an accepted method of training children in the Amish community.
Child labor laws have been added throughout the world, but they are also open to interpretation. In Burma children still work alongside adults. I do not know and could not find any significant proof that it is a religious issue but rather an economical issue in poorer communities.
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