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What value do we place on a child’s time?

Postby coberst » Sun May 31, 2009 5:18 am

What value do we place on a child’s time?

Labor has been commodified in the American culture.

I would guess that the average working person makes about $30 an hour. That would be $1200 per week and about $60,000 per year.

The average big corporate CEO makes about 500 times the average worker thus they make about $15,000 per hour.

How do we determine how much we value the time of a child? I guess we might say that a K-12 teacher makes average wages and has about 30 children in their classroom thus we value a child’s time at about $1 per hour.

Do we evaluate a child’s time too highly or too lowly? I think that we place too little value on a child’s time.

The lower we place the value of a child’s time the more likely will a parent or teacher spend less time with that child. The lower value we place on a child’s time the more willing we are to allow that child to “waste time”.

Adolescence appears to be something that has developed late in our culture. A hundred years ago a child became an adult at 16 and today that age often extends to the early to mid 20s.
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Re: What value do we place on a child’s time?

Postby FirePirate » Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:47 am

Different cultures have different age which they consider a child becomes an adult. I think the avergae would be about 18. I think this should be lower, 16. I say this because it is at this time I felt society took its toll on me and put immense pressure on influencing everything that was me.

Hence I think we expect too much from children. They are meant to waste time.
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Re: What value do we place on a child’s time?

Postby coberst » Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:04 pm

I suspect that home schoolers place greater value on their children's time than do the rest of us. Of course, much of the reason for home schooling is religious. It is obvious that Americans give little thought to the importance of education considering how wealth our nation is and how poor our educational system.

I have tried to quantify the unquantifiable. I am trying to judge a quality with quantity. This is just trying to focus attention on some important considerations that we seldom examine. People take notice when we talk about dollar evaluation because it is easily understood.

I suspect that home schoolers place greater value on their children's time than do the rest of us. Of course, much of the reason for home schooling is religious. It is obvious that Americans give little thought to the importance of education considering how wealth our nation is and how poor our educational system.

For such a wealthy nation America has a very poor educational system. I hope that Obama will change all that. What is required is to awaken the citizens to the dire situation that we are in.
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Re: What value do we place on a child’s time?

Postby Chappuis » Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:13 am

Hence I think we expect too much from children
I Think so
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