Newt Gingrich’s justification for his proposition that unionized school janitors should be replaced by children is his contention that his daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman, spent a time as a part time janitor at the First Baptist Church in Carrollton, Georgia when she was 13.
I know a few things about janitorial work. My first job as an undercover investigator was as an industrial janitor.
Janitorial work is not simple unskilled labor. Not by a long shot. Additionally, as a first job for a child it’s not a job that is without danger. There are a number of questions I’d like to ask Newt Gingrich about his contention that schools can keep one full time janitor on staff and replace the rest with lots of children.
First of all, what caustic chemicals should children have access to and can they be trusted not to abuse them, use them in a dangerous manner, or harm themselves or others?