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News & Views - Dec, 1993 (#25) 


In the July 1993 issue of Adolescence magazine, Richard P. DeSantis and Gerald J. Manney of Beech Hill Hospital and coauthors of the book "Suspended Adolescence" identified a condition they call Parental Distress Reaction (PDR). They say it manifests itself when parents with children with problems react to child workers in a way that "seem to be uncooperative and resistant to help." It is often concluded that the parents don't care. "It is quite natural to point an accusing finger and place most of the blame on parents without knowing more about what is happening in their lives." The authors argue that "Family or Parental Distress Reaction is a condition where individual or family resources are stretched to or beyond apparent limits. These resources may include emotional and physical endurance, finances, and social supports. When people are overwhelmed, their ability to respond effectively is often diminished. Often individuals may try even harder to control a situation, becoming even more depleted or simply withdrawing physically or emotionally."

The following figures are taken from the book HOLLYWOOD VS. AMERICA by Michael Medved.

In 1965, 45 million people went to the movies every week.

In 1969, it dropped to 19 million with a low of 16.8 million in 1971. It was at 18.9 million by 1991. This was a bigger drop than when television was introduced and movie going was cut in half.

In 1965, the best picture Oscar went to The Sound of Music. In 1969, it was Midnight Cowboy, an X-rated story of a bisexual hustler.

Comparing "R" vs. "PG" films since 1980, PG films on median earned triple the gross of "R" films.

One of the central aims of education is the formation of strong character. This profound challenge has a simpler side. From the habit of simple courtesy grows tolerance and compassion. From the habit of cleanliness grows a sense of stewardship and respect. From the habit of accuracy grows honesty. Good habits lead to good character. Another central aim of education is to develop a student's intellect. In ten years there has been no agreement on what this means nor how it is to be accomplished. Here again, the development of good habits comes to bear. When a student develops the habit of asking questions with an open mind, curiosity develops. The habit of finishing a project develops persistence. The habit of reflection develops wisdom.

- Todd R. W. Horn, Headmaster, Orme School Bulletin, Fall 1993.

Copyright 1993, Woodbury Reports, Inc. (This article may be reproduced without prior approval if the copyright notice and proper publication and author attribution accompanies the copy.)

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