Gingrich calls child labor rules “truly stupid,” advocates replacing school janitors with students

November 21, 2011

Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich told an audience on Friday that “truly stupid” child labor laws are entrapping children in America’s poorest neighborhoods.

“Okay, you say to somebody, you shouldn’t go to work before you’re what, fourteen, sixteen years of age,” he said. “Fine. You’re totally poor. You’re in a school that is failing with a teacher that is failing.”

Gingrich said he “tried for years to have a very simple model,” which he described as laying off school janitors and replacing them with schoolkids:

“Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor, and pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they’d have pride in the schools. They’d begin the process of rising.”

Watch the clip, via CNN:

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