Meet the 10-year-old who's already a vet assistant
OLYMPIA - Veterinarians at a local clinic are amazed that one of their assistants can do the work she's doing, given her unique situation.
Ten-year-old Courtney Oliver just completed her college work for this occupation. She now holds an on-line certification as a veterinary assistant. In eight months, Courtney had the same certification as her adult co-workers.
Courtney says she knew early in life this is what she wanted to do.
"I have a dog Maggie and two hamsters and I just thought: 'Well, if I have so many animals why don't I just work with them?'"
Perhaps this is only a quibble, but I didn't use the term "confiscatory taxation," only "confiscation." Anyway, I use the latter term pejoratively because unlike police & fire protection, education is not merely a matter of protecting human life, but is a highly philosophical & subjective undertaking that gov't is not competent to perform (see "Philosophy of Education" in Britannica). I gladly pay taxes (or submit to reasonable confiscation) to protect my neighbor's skin, but not to train up his children (to who knows what result?).
I know I'm opposing even the Puritans on this, but so be it. Literacy is indeed a personal Biblical duty, but not every duty is automatically a political mandate.
1st, education is not free; someone has to pay for it, & today that is usually done by confiscating money from the public. Only air is free.
2nd, we now have universal education, but there are still children on the streets, & often sociopathic at that. If one is going argue from consequence about the value of universal education, what should we make of this?
3rd, what ethical reasoning concludes that child labor is evil? And why are there professional child actors?
"Children should be able to have a childhood..."
Children cannot help but have a childhood, so that is redundant. Or is something else meant by the term?
Generations ago children had no option but to go out and work, for there was no free education system to speak of, and the only way you could stay off the streets was to go out and work. Children should be able to have a childhood and an education.
Generations ago in America & Britain, you could "start your life" like this at a much earlier age than is considered "proper" today. While this may be blamed on quack Darwinist views of child development (e.g. Herbert Spencer), it is certainly aggravated by the popular attitude, abetted by churches, that children are supposed to "have fun", not work, which in Scripture, is what man was made for. God works (Gen. 2:2, Jn. 5:17), man works (Gen. 2:15); man is the image of God in this sense.