the- most dangerous dextrine- of 'I see.
I want, 1 take.*"
We have an alarming spectacle
lure, he said, of parents being terrified
of their children. "Instead of using
their paternal anel maternal instincts,
parents rely on cheap books .about
psychiatry — which they don't understand — and are afraid to repress the
child. The result is that the child runs
Sir Basil feels that television is the
pernicious poison of America, "f find
nothing but shooting, prison scenes,
Divorces, teen-age girls going wrong,"
he commented. "You can just twiddle
on it any time of clay or night. It
doesn't give children time to read, or
think, or dream."
This authority on juvenile- delinquency expressed disgust with our
stringent requirements for social workers in youth groups, saying: "I have-
so frequendy heard of someone in a
youth group, or someone helping
youngsters to use their leisure time,
Oh, he isn't trained,' or 'She isn't
a trained social worker.' saiel in a tone
of contempt. I'm sick to death of
pained social workers! I don't mind
how many degrees, nor how many
BOUTS ancl years someone- has worked
for those degrees! What good is he if
he hasn't an understanding heart?"'
IVrong Signposts — Wrong Road
Surely the "duck-cut," levi-clad,
bather-jacketed misfits in our urban
areas are directly traceable to tele-
Vision and movie representations of
youth, as well as to comic strip characters. Those youngsters whose training
has not provided them with thc ability
to choose what is fine, tine! to exercise
discrimination in rejecting what is un-
lesirable, arc prone Iii mimic tbe bold
banner of dress, the- hard-faced mien,
that they may assure the world they
pave reached a stature- where attention is due them. Our youth needs to
he given beauty and refinement to
emulate, together with the desire to
enrich ancl improve their appearances
and their lives.
A prominent school official in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Joseph Manch,
noted in bis handling of juveniles how
shabbily and "thuggishly" they
pressed. He suggested to the Inter-
'ligb School Student Council, representing Buffalo's fourteen public high
Schools that thev might want to take
Up respectable- dress as a project.
The students drew up thc following
r<i iiiiiinenilations mi proper dress for
'm is Forum News, December. '956
Robert A. Robiotser, Associate County Agent isecond from right , instructs Dallas County
4-H Club members in "land judging." The 4-H program is a part of the national educational system of cooperative extension work carried on through the U. S. Department of
Agriculture, state land-grant colleges, and individual counties.
academic high schools:
Recommended tor bins: Du-ss shirt and
tie eir conservative sport shirt and tic with
suit jacket, sport coat or Sweater; standard
trousers or khakis, clean and neatly
pressed; shoe's polished; white bucks acceptable.
Not recommended for bins: Dungarees
or soiled, impre-sscd khakis; T-shirts and
swe-at shirts; extreme shoe styles, including
hobnail or motorcycle boots.
Recommended for carls; Blouses, sws*.iters, blouse and sweater, jacket with blouse
or sweater; skirts, jumpers, suits or conservative dresses; appropriate shoes for
rest oi costume.
Not recommended for yirls: V-neck
sweaters without Islsmss-; Bermuda shorts.
kilts, party-type dresses, slacks of any
kind; ornate jewelry; T-shirts anil sweat
shirts. Fitting should be "appropriate anil
Tlie response in all of Buffalo's fourteen high schools was instantaneously
good. One of the high schools installed
a full-length mirror at the head of a
stairway where students pass. Over
the mirror was the inscription: "Look!
'Ibis is \iiit. Are sou satisfied'.-1"
Dr. Manch reported that thc improvement in dress bail resulted in an
improvement in attitudes, as well, in
the Buffalo schools, anel that even
youngsters in elementary grades, e-mii-
lating their older brothers and sisters,
are dressing better.8
A recent repent by the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency
regarding the- effects of entertainment
media on American youth calls for
meire- stringent application of the
Movie (-'ode, a cleanup ol advertising,
and submission of filmed television
shows to the Hollywood Code Authority for seals of approval. Mr. William
H. Mooring testified before this subcommittee in an attempt to document
evidence of increasing brutality,
crime, and immorality in movies and
tele-vision. His stated purpose in furnishing testimony was to show that
movies and television do affect human
behavior patterns, especially among
youths; that the Movie Code had been
relaxed to a dangerous degree, and
that movie people had been showing
less and less concern for youngsters
in the audience; also that film advertising had been getting morally worse,
ancl that a race had developed between movies and television trying to
outdo each other with entertainment
exploiting sex and crime.
Massacre Scenes Outlawed
In expressing his gratification that
tin- Senate Subcommittee's final report
agreed with his testimony, he reports
that "Even as the subcommittee on
juvenile delinquency published its recommendations that Hollywood should
more rigidly enforce its own voluntary
code to curb criminal violence on the
screen, two brothers, Frank and Walter Seltzer, were warring with the
"They were adamant that a scene of
gangsters committing a machine-gun
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' \.i Unusual Cure for Delinquency," by Dick
Wert, e-Iee/'ei. Morning Seas, M.es 25, L956.