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The Importance Of An Age

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When looking back at history, there is one constant used over and over regardless of the situation; this constant is age. History proves a person cannot vote until they are 18 years of age, could not drink until they were 18, which has risen to 21. A person must be 18 years of age to buy cigarettes, and all males under federal law must sign up for the draft and potentially could give-up their life defending this great nation. By virtue of turning 18 years old, a person inherits so many responsibilities which apply across most of the country, many of these responsibilities explained by Cynthia D. Kinser, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia (2011) have far more responsibility than a 16-year-old working at a fast food restaurant.…show more content…
Moreover, to ensure the United States sends a clear message to other nations, Article 27 of the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC) includes child labor laws to ensure the safety of other children (SIROEN, 2013). Despite the fact the United States creates laws to protect children both home and our trade partners in various nations, enforcing such standards is extremely hard. In order to enforce these standards, it would mean constant surveillance of our trade partners to guarantee compliance. Furthermore, by limiting the type of job a child can perform solely based on age is having negative effects on manufacturers here in the United States, and is part of the issue with adults working jobs paying minimum wage. Adjusting the current age requirements before a child is able to gain employment experience will cause havoc and lead to adverse effects. Children today, are not being held accountable and many feel society owes them a way of life. While there are some jobs that a person under the age of 21 should not perform, there are many jobs currently restricted by the Fair Standards Labor Act, that if proper safety features were in place and train a 16-year-old to perform. Moreover, a 16-year-old cannot operate
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