Is your family caught up in the rush of going back to school?
Are you either putting curriculum in place for homeschool or maybe buying clothes for children going to public school? I want to offer more curriculum resources.
I suggest that you talk to your children about child labor. We took up the subject of child labor when our daughter asked us about it. We borrowed films from the library—historical dramas and the musical Newsies. We read books on slavery and on the industrial revolution.
Since then, resources on child labor are much more plentiful. You can get historical information from the Library of Congress American Memory Project. This includes a great lesson plan for middle and high school. Child labor is not, unfortunately, just a topic in the study of the Industrial Revolution in Britain and the postbellum U.S. South. Child labor is a current problem around the world.
The Child Labor Coalition is a national network for the exchange of information about child labor. The website is aimed at adults and includes surveys, bulletins, laws, and more.
The Clean Clothes Campaign keeps their focus on the international apparel industry. The organization has videos for loan, including Zoned for Slavery, the Child Behind the Label, a short documentary on child labor in Honduras (1994).
For general resources on helping children, UNICEF is always a good resource. It just makes sense that you wouldn’t want to send your children back to school in clothes made by children who don’t get to go to school.