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10 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana -- Sounds of Country The family and the schools: Getting a bad I think two institutions of soci- ety are getting a bad rap these days...the family and the schools. They may both have some faults, but I think it has become popular to dump the causes of society's ills at their doorstep in undue propor- tion. I think there is a lot of blame to share by every- one and by putting so much emphasis on the fam- ily and the schools, attention to some other impor- tant factors is diverted. Furthermore those elements that breed many of our problems, are skillful in deflecting attention for responsibility, away from themselves by using the media to point the finger at family and school. How many times have you heard the producers and salesmen of television sex and violence say that the responsibility is totally on the parents to keep their children from turning on the television or tuning to programs that are harmful. They apol- ogize for nothing in the name of"their rights" to produce and air anything, no matter how per- verted or dehumanizing. Educational television is an innovative and stimulating teaching tool. The electronic class- room, the computer, opens an entire new world of learning. When children are watching and inter- acting at school, they are expected to be "learning," and school administrators and teachers assure parents they are. By BUD DURCHOLZ SPECIAL TO THE MESSAGE i When the same children come home from school, those who pro- duce and sell sex and violence re- spond vehemently in their own de- fense of profits....that children "are not learning," not being adversely affected by what they see. That when they play the new wave of violent video games where vicious physical assault, killing and torture are the theme, the children are not being desensitised and more apt to accept such be- havior as normal. Supposedly, parents are expected to believe their children are not absorbing the ideas, behavior modes, disrespectful and foul language, values and morals depicted in regular programs and in some children's shows, that are destructive to self, family and society On television, in movies and video games, all conflicts and disputes are solved by "zapping" the opponent with a gun, electronic device or a deadly blow Peaceful conflict resolution, talking something out, is rarely part of the program. Then we wonder why young people attempt to solve problems in the same manner. Schools, already burdened with trying to create a learning atmosphere with children exposed to a daily diet of television sex, violence, ill-mannered behavior and disrespectful speech, are also ex- pected to run a constant counterattack against drugs, smoking, alcohol consumption, suicide, chronic depression, teenage pregnancy weapons. And then the schools and criticized because students aren't they should. Are we living in a permanent state Refusing to see obvious contradictions? tle farther. Our children are being market," or future market, for all ucts that are more apt to be a free-wheeling, irresponsible lifestyle, t ing a firm sense of identification with family, church and community. Before we can begin to think about must first call things what they are. The tion of children and young adults for gain. Young eager minds, a learn new things, as innocent as wind but a vunerable target for the raw, of capitalism. Our children's minds raped by entrepreneurs who behind the Constitution. Their regarded as having the same physical and mental health as drugs, tobacco. True, parents have an " limiting the amount of television children. But just telling parents to switch is overly simplistic jargon responsibility where it rightly purveyors. Special Jubilarians arold R. and Edna M. (Tafel) Goebel of Evansville will celebrate their sixtieth wedding anniversary with a fam- ily dinner. They were married Feb. 1, 1934, at St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County, by Father Edward Bauer. They are the parents of four children: Robert H. Goebel, Carol A. Lantaff, Bettye J. Reins and Ronald R. Goebel, all of Evansville. They have 14 grandchildren and 12 great- grandchildren. Mr. Goebel retired in 1973 after 32 years with the Evansville Fire Department and is still active in car sales. They are members of Sacred Heart Church, Evansville. Member Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral mnnnnerce Benliy & hmwancet nnnc. Office: (812) 479-0899 I I COMPLETE INSURANCE PROTECTION 301 N. 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