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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta FOURTH SECTION The Lethbridge Herald May Pages 33-40 First in a series of six Children stunted by adult civilization 1 Herald Family By TOM TIEDE WASHINGTON To heir lome social tell the real problems of children began with the invention of children. The theory is that kids did not exist before the 13th they were known then simply as little without special and thus were expected almost from birth to assume all the responsibilities of and expect the and of their medieval society. Though the arrangement had certain benefits for the chief among which was a raw kind of the world of the Reformation and after came to look on it as barbarous. Thus civilization began to recognize youngsters as as less as less capable. The Age of Reason assigned to youth the negative qualities of irrationality and childishness. And so ever child advocates Western children have existed as the most vulnerable of human minorities and have been exploited and stunted by the adult civilization. so the thesis is debatable. But for some it explains the roots of what is increasingly being seen as the contemporary oppression of youth. Taxpayers and parents may comfortably believe the children are leading lives of wonder day a but growing numbers of critics say otherwise. What with blacks having won their civil and women working hard for similar kids are said to be last In his new book psychologist Richard Parson argues that world is not a good place for He insists every American in- stitution discriminates against and that all adults have to feel that it is either natural or necessary to join in the He calls therefore for the ultimate at first glance somewhat Children's Liberation for the nation's 72 million non-adults. It's not as humorous as it seems. Since the Age of Reason created for millions of kids have been battered about in the name of humanity. Early Massachusetts had a law allowing the stoning of youngsters who were ornery to the child labor sweatshops of 19th Century America nauseated people in other industrialized and though there are hundreds of thousands of child guidance school administrators and other supposedly protective kids still suffer in the clutches of adult adult adult schools in essence those under 18 remain the property of those over. Psychologist Farson would change all this radically. He calls for the granting of codified civil rights for children. His argment is not that youth has earned but that their birthrights demand them. Begin with the Farson says. When a kid can pull the lever physically he is ready to do it legally. don't say they'd vote intelligently we don't grant the vote on Soles of the feet help determine human abilities A move to liberate children is becoming almost necessary but on Farson says that the vote would give kids a a potential 72 million with 4 million new voices born and demand for them political recognition. As a the chidren would pre- sumably win the remainder of their the right to self the right to alternative home the right to freedom from the right to the right to the right to the right to economic power. liberation does not mean a negation of all Farson double standards. Behavior would still be guided by beliefs and The fundamental no victimization. given the history of adult-child Children's Lib would not be an easy pill for grown-ups to swallow. As psychologist Hillary Rodham writes in a recent issue of the Harvard Education basic rationale denying children's rights is that certain people are incapable of handling responsibility and consequently need social institutions specifically designed to safeguard their She adds puckishly that this is the same rationale which created slavery and Indian reservations. Regardless of the implications of the it is almost universally accepted. Aristotle separated parental rule from Constitutional because in this one case it is being based usually on experience and protection. And Cornell University family expert Dr. Urie Bronfenbrenner believes that while children of autocratic parents may end up they seldom end up forgotten or incompetent. And beneath this intellectual support of parental there lies a much larger vein of common sense. Father may not indefectably know but his overall record is fairly decent. not says Dr. Edward former director of the U.S. Office of Child of our kids are doing just fine. Let's not say they're all going to hell in a And so the Farson theory is not expected to soon develop in its fullest form. Even he admits most people aren't ready for kids who make their own choice of eating T-bones or Twinkles. Asks Dr. choice is very but what if your daughter chooses to become a Farson answers lamely that we can do as adults is to give concern and Beside the obvious difficulties in granting total freedom to there are the associated risks. One being the possible roadminding of family structure. If a child is to be treated as anyone then he can be thrown out of the home as a troublesome boarder. No few would the extra Farson suggests. But this isn't to say Farson doesn't strike a nerve. In many ways children are oppressed. One in both wife and husband are entitled to but no one represents the rights of the child. Because of qestionable areas such as Child if not Child is growing. Few suggest any return to the dark ages when kids were almost equal but also extraordinarily the modern way to free the young is to respect to allow them to give them their real that of joining the human search for better things. The Kids and the TOKYO The soles of the feet provide ample information in detecting diseases and determining over-all human says a Japanese professor. Prof. Yaichiro Hirasawa of Shizuoka University in central Japan said in an interview at his Tokyo home he had stud- ied the soles of nearly people in the last 30 years. Physical living environment and voca- tional aptitude can be deter- mined by measuring the soles of feet with a he developed three years the physiologist said. soles of feet tell you whether the man is an ex- trovert or whether he is an urban or rural resi- dent and whether he is emo- tionally steady. help early discovery of various including those caused by and give guidance to a process of treatment. also tell you if the man will be able as a musi- pilot or Hirasawa said he had devel- oped an interest in the soles of feet while serving as a physical instructor at a pri- mary school. noticed children tapped the floor with their feet as they got tired of a long lec- ture. I thought it must be a means to relieve their frustra- His early findings included differences between urban and rural people in the width of a foot and the shape of the arch. When one of the toes was not sufficiently in contact with the something had to be wrong with other parts of the body such as digestive organs in the case of the first toe and respiratory organs in the case of the he said. The professor said footwear such as a pair of slippers which does not allow suf- ficient use of the heels can cause a headache. With the development of the the otherwise in- visible centroid of feet can be observed and provide useful he said. The pedoscope consists of a 12-by-12-inch transparent glass plate with pressure transducers at the corners and two angled mirrors and a recorder as well as a camera and electronic devices. As a person stands on the glass the shape of the soles and the position or movements of the centroid or central mass of the feet can be recorded. Anyone whose centroid is outside a certain which varies according to must be suffering from some physi- cal he said. a man hav- ing eye trouble has his cen- troid forward and a man with motor disturbance has his centroid close to the The standing ability of those aged over 65 corresponds with that of a six-or the professor said. If a person was emotionally the centroid was also unsteady. Women treated equally B THE BETTER HALF in provincial force TORONTO first 10 women to become provincial policewomen will receive their postings in the mail ending a 65-year period of male domination of the Ontario force. Among them are a mechanic's winery executive's college boutique store and factory worker. In provincial police announced that beginning in women would be accepted into the treated as equals with policemen and paid the same. They will carry service billies and and be given extra physical training with emphasis on self-defence. The first plus another five to be announced will begin a police training course here May 27 and be part of a class of 45. After that they will receive on-the-job training in police detachments then go to for a 12-week course at the Ontario Police College. Said Diane Brock of for 10 years a provincial police just want to do a really good job. As the first women on the force we'll be in a position of being good and Mrs. Brock is married to a mechanic. She has a four- year-old daughter and knows she must accept a posting anywhere in the province. can't stand being at home and I am interested in this kind of work. It'll be a challenge for me. 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The CFUW protest was prompted by a Supreme Court of Canada ruling last summer against Irene Murdoch of who sought an equal share in the farm she had invested in and jointly worked with her husband for 16 years before their separation. The court awarded Mrs. Murdoch monthly while her estranged husband kept the farm car and all revenue from the farm. think that in a marriage it must be presumed that both partners contribute equally they contribute differently but they contribute she said. But matrimonial law reform is just one of the areas where the CFUW is bringing pressure to bear to improve the status of Mrs. Bell said. She cited the CFUW's of social in such concerns as Indian women's penal female representation on the civil service the hiring of married women by the civil service and discrimination in public job advertising. would like to see us continue along the lines of social activism in the areas of provincial tax succession laws between practical removal of job discrimination and recognition of the homemaker u an economic contributor to the gross national who do not earn money are regarded in our present society as not contributing and I think this is morally She told the conference that volunteer groups such as the CFUW must not become thinking they can leave the challenge of social change to the rights which has become so professionalized at both government she said. PJJ Jordans Canada's Carpet Specialists SALE Installed Broadlooms Four Leader Carpets' .made exclusively for Burlington NOW for 2 completely installed at savings. ONE PRICE INCLUDES 1. Fashion Leader Broadloom 2. 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