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Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956 - File 013. 1956-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 25, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/699/show/642.

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Facts Forum. (1956-12). Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956 - File 013. Facts Forum News, 1955-1956. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/699/show/642

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date December 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • Energy & Sustainability Research Collection
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Transcript Production on full scale typifies this Junior Achievement Company. Business firms from all over the nation sponsor JA companies in which the teen-agers receive a foretaste of the free enterprise system which is the backbone of America. a whole segment of youth today should be classified as "juvenile delinquents." "Aren't you being hard on the children?'' she would ask. "Thex' haven't heen brought up properly!" Unfortunately, there are not enough fech wonderful people as Grand- pother to go around, for the term juvenile delinquency" has stuck. Intended to refer to the illegal actions of that small 4 per cent of America's youth who have- known arrest for any offense, it is too often associated xvith all of the characteristically reckless pranks of teen-age youth. Juvenile Crime Breaks All Records If Grandmother's evaluation xxas Correct, mon- and more of America's children arc being improperly reared, for crime in the Unite-el States has been spreading since the end of World War II, and is breaking all records, ■villi juvenile criminals receiving most of the blame. J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the *"Bl, issues repeated warnings to local Police- officials that the number of criminal offenses committed in the future will make present figures look Small unless there- is a large and unex- Pcetetl downturn in the number of juvenile delinquents. "The clinic- problem is essentially a Vouth problem,'' says Mr. Hoover, who blames "the- apathy ancl failure of too Bany parents to assume their proper tesponsibilities." Many families allow children to run as they please, with 1e> check on their friends. The result, be says, is a "juvenile jungle." With crime costing the country an estimated S20 billion a year, ancl thc outlook for more crime and higher *'\< is Fohum News, December, 1956 costs, indifference to the rising crime rate is detected in many communities. People are not aroused to the problem. The cure will not come, says Mr. Hoover, until the nation gets its fill and decides something will have to be done. Thefts of automobiles are- expected to reach nearly 269,000 this year. In six out of ten cases, arrest records prove that the thief is a youth under IS years of age. These teen-age criminals also commit half the burglaries, more than 40 per cent of the- larcenies, and a considerable number of the robberies that noxv clog police records.1 Mr. Hoover feels that juvenile crime could be abated if parents were made to face legal and financial responsibility for the criminal acts of their children. He endorses jail sentences for "delinquent parents." While this doctrine is strongly opposed by most officials who specialize in work xxith delinquents, a Parental Responsibility Act put into effect in Michigan in May, 1953, has achieved significant improvements.2 Michigan Senator Harold M. Ryan, sponsor of the act, was prompted by the- idea that if vandalism costs the parents money, they xxill take a keener interest in the whereabouts and activities of their children'. This law holds parents financially responsible up to $300 for juvenile vandalism." When parents suddenly realize that thex will have to "pay the piper" for the destructiveness of their children, they are "forcibly encouraged" to interest themselves to a greater degree in the activities of their offspring. A family circle which lacks cohesion may find itself strengthened and refined through this encouragement, as the results in Michigan would indicate. Russian Family Life Purged At the same time that America faces problems of juvenile delinquency, its ideological enemy in the Kremlin is experiencing difficulty in the training of youth. Hooligans ancl delinquents, according to reports in Soxiet newspapers arc multiplying in Russian cities. Instead of devoting their lives to "building socialism," these youths are found to be living recklessly. According to one Soviet magazine: It is bad when a child hears one thing ut home anel something e-ls*- in the school. His teachers tell him that rain anel snow are- cine- to natural c-ansi-s. and at Iiehiu- lis- is told the-y c-emie- from God. In school lie- he-ars that lightning is an electric discharge, and at home lie- is told that it is an arrow of fire- sent down by God. Khrushchev is said to have come to the conclusion that the trouble lies in "improper influence" in the home. Family life has offended — so family life is now to be purged. Children are to step directly from the cradle into (Continued on page 46) •U. S. .Weiss t- World Report, Oct. 5, 1956, p. 66. 'Newnecek, April 2. 1956. p. 95. •"Michigan Pests It Up To The Parents," by Harold WliitBiiiBii, lliittlrr'.-. Digest, XI-bbeIb. I'l eIE. Page 11
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