Overwork, Idleness or Industrial Education?

William Noyes
1906 The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science  
The great difference between the child labor of other times and civilizations and our own consists in the fact that in more primitive forms of industry the work of children constituted a large part of their education. Since labor was principally done by hand and with the simplest tools, the steps into artisanship were well adapted to child development. In early New England life-to go no further afield-both boys and girls were occupied in a hundred activities whose very variety had an undoubted
more » ... y had an undoubted effect in developing resourcefulness, endurance, alertness, skill and other high qualities of mind and heart. Even if their work was hard, it was also helpful; even if the hours were long, the processes were not so monotonous and irksome as to ruin the child for future usefulness.
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