1. School calendars were originally set to accommodate the need of having children help on farms. Now that less than 2% of school children in Georgia live on farms, should spring break and summer break continue? Explain your answer.
Student answers will vary. Some students might argue that these breaks are necessary to explore work/internship or travel opportunities. Others may argue that year-round school is beneficial because students are more likely to retain information over the course of the school year.
2. Explain how families in the early 1900s would acquire labor for their farms.
Parents often had several children who were used as free laborers on the farm.
3. How have jobs changed since the early 1900s, when child labor was being discussed?
Answers will vary. Possible responses run a wide gamut, from statements regarding the high-tech nature of today's entry-level job market (which suggests a need for more educational preparation) to the demand for more vocationally trained workers.