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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetKbridge Herald Section May 1974 Pages 35 44 Project seeks equal opportunities Last of a series of six Resource of youth wasting By TOM TIEDE WASHINGTON Not long ago in Maryland a 10-year-old boy took over a paper route from a friend. When he told his parents about the new they were outraged In the ensuing the boy's mother slapped him and his dad threatened to cut out his allowance if ever do anything so foolish again the lad quit the route and returned to his former watching TV or reading comic books each day after school Such is the stuff of the generation gap There was a time when children could be of use to their society In the largely rural and agrarian America of a century children were expected to assume mature responsibilities They helped on the or got jobs to supplement the family income some were others brutalized in sweat but historians say they had a sense of worth and accomplishment that is all but totally lacking in the nation of the Seventies says child advocate and author Eda there are few demands put on a child's own inventiveness and industry A seven- year-old goat herder had something to offer in the 18th but his latter- day contemporaries are thought too delicate for too young for responsibility push them to excel in school or grumps a Washington it's considered folly or unkind to give them anything else to Affluence and comfort are apparently the key culprits in this conspiracy against children. Richard Boone of the child-oriented Robert Kennedy Foundation says that more and more America looks on its children not as producers but as consumers. want them to stay in because that way they'll remain off the labor market And we want them to spend their parents' money The function of youth Boone is not to earn but to spend is why adults are charged for a Pablo Casals memorial and kids for a rock To be the kids have plenty of cash. Surveys by Gilbert Youth Research indicate the nation's 28 million teenagers alone spend billion 90 per cent own 86 per cent own record 22 per cent own automobiles More they influence their parents on even bigger Gilbert says perhaps 69 per cent of all cars and vacations purchased in the United States are inspired by kiddie comments The money is predominantly adult- earned But this is in keeping with the protectionist theory of modern child rearing Weekly allowance is Father's way of telling the world he's doing better for his kid than was done for him By the same a kid with plenty of leisure who doesn't is another indication of parental success. There is of course no fair reason to sniff at parents who want better lives for their children Nor do any save primitives wish a return to the days when children marched to the coal mines with pop and grandpop Yet many observers feel the pendulum has swung too far to the side of to the detriment of the sheltered child Psychologist Richard Farson says that since money is and also a measure of human children by right should be allowed access to fair and decent this way they exploit the system rather than be exploited by it But employment is only a small piece of the problem facing subjugated and over-protective children today The larger word responsibility Many child advocates believe it simply isn't WISP to keep youngsters under wraps for 16-to-18 years and then suddenly dump them into the competitive world Says an official with the U S Office of Child Development see what happens in every walk of life In the number of young marneds who get in the number of youngsters who welch on in the number of suddenly grown up people who become alcoholics they find it hard to adjust in the real it's a lot of hit and miss the advocates that kids pick up experience as they mature But how can they when the adults in control rule Recently a band of Boy Scouts volunteered to clean up the litter in a national but permission was refused because the park staff was unionized Children who attempt to enter the administrative dialogue of their schools are usually ignored and in some cases disciplined The Kennedy Foundation's Boone says the old canal which cuts through now in would be an ideal rehabilitation project for area youths but hate to try to cut through the red tape Boone says including adults in positions to are simply not willing to listen to the ideas of kids. This roots in the theory that kids should not be doers but learners in custody Even the synonym for children wards expose an adult prejudice of superiority. And no doubt the opinion is only strengthened as in the late some youth blew their opportunity at lesponsibility with excesses and as a Washington police official rowdies only reinforced the opinion kids should be seen but not Indeed the giving of responsibility would carry no guarantee of thoughtful use. Perhaps the only absolute fact to come out of centuries of child studies is that kids are every bit as imprudent as non-kids Yet this is no excuse for keeping as psychologist Farson puts of childhood Reason dictates that as the world turns more rapidly its inhabitants need as much head start as possible to keep from falling behind says family specialist Edward are not nearly as fragile nor as stupid as adults have condemned them to be Rather they are an enormous million under and potentially rich human resource still under the overburden of parental and societal intolerance A mind is too precious a thing to at whatever and a nation that continues such does so at its present and especially its future peril. Adverse effects of the pill declining LONDON The world's biggest inquiry into risks from the birth control pill acquitted it Tuesday of most of the serious side-effect charges laid against it. In the study could well be that the beneficial side effects actually exceed the adverse reactions The conducted by Britain's Royal College of General began in 1968 and will continue for at least another two years It has so far examined case histories submitted by family doctors The interim report that there are though very increased health risks for pill- takers The pill is associated with increased incidence of urinary tract skin problems and itching and with some more serious deep-vein thrombosis of the Joseph Hair Styles All Your Hair Needs At Prices You Can UniPerm............................20.00 Other Perms ...............12.50 and up Bleach Retouch ...................17.OO Streaks .............................17.5O Color Framing ...........7.5O .............................9.5O Colors ................................9.00 Hair Cuts .....................3.0O and up Shampoo and Set ...........4.00 and up MColors and Perms include Shampoo and Set. 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The survey underlined what it called the remarkable effectiveness of the pill- the failure rate is 0 34 per women-years Nonetheless a high proportion of women gave up using it for no valid medical reason 27-per-cent did so in the first year of use the report the estimated risk at the present time of using the pill is one that properly informed woman should be happy to take.. a single previously unsuspected important adverse effect of the pill has been revealed by the study so and several suspected risks have been shown to be or non-existenet. The risk of serious illness is Pill-users reported an average of six episodes of illness every three years while non-users reported five But women using the pill tended to report their health problems more so the evidence suggested they were no more sickness-prone than non-users and may even suffer fewer illnesses Pill-takers did seem to get more possibly because the pill lowers residual childhood immunity. Slightly increased rates of other virus infections were reported and warranted further investigation of the pill's effect on the body's defence mechanisms There also were unexplained excesses of brachial neuritis-pain from the nerves of the arm and sciatica among takers and ex- takers which needed investigation Increased incidence of hyper-tension high blood pressure among takers seemed to be a long-term effect fewer than one in 100 women reported it jn their first year on the pill and the figures rise to around five- per-cent after five years. The progestogen hormone content of the pill could be responsible for the report said. The figures did not justify taking women off the pill routinely every few years to give them a break from it said. Deep-vein a blood clot in the was reported five or six times more often in pill-users than others. But this incidence was cut by a quarter if pills containing lower dosages of N.S. A special program to break down barriers to equal employment opportunities for women has been initiated by the Atlantic region of the federal manpower department. Operating under the depart- ment's Outreach the project hopes to provide women an opportunity to qualify for and obtain all types of employment. It is expected to take two years to complete the program. The called Pro-fe- is being run by a group of seven women. They are conducting the first a province-to-province survey of existing and possible employment opportunities. Phase two will consist of trying to match the list of jobs with qualified female candi- dates. Phase three will be a report on the success of the program followed by a drive to get the same information on women entering or re- entering the labor force. The program was organized by Alex chief of special projects with the Dartmouth manpower and Ann the department's regional women's employment co- ordinator. Mr Warren said the project is an attempt to make women more aware of what resources are available for them in the region Herald Family hope to correct the dis- crimination that exists throughout the work world against women and at the same time let society in general see what a female can Many of the problems arise in the attitude of employers who see women in a fixed per- he said. Employers tend to treat women first as females and last as potential employees. are not trying to estab- lish or dictate to the business world that all jobs should or could be held by women. We are simply trying to create in the minds of employers an awareness that qualified women should have an equal chance to compete for Sears You get more with a Kenmore We service what we coast-to-coast. Each Kenmore range is covered by dependable labour and parts warranties plus Simpsons-Sears exclusive 'Satisfaction or money refunded' guarantee. For your charge your Kenmore on your all-purpose account. 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