HOW MUCH DO THEY REMEMBER?
ONE comforting thought remains to us. Jack and Joan will remember very little of what they see at the movies. Almost before they know it--they are so young and wholesome!--they will forget practically all of whatever picture they saw at the Palace last night. But will they? Let us see.
Over 28,000,000 of our young, we have found, see the pictures every week, and more than 11,000,000 of them are thirteen years of age or under. If all of them, from those aged five upward, forget virtually everything they see, then there is no problem and all is right in the best of all possible worlds. Mrs. Alice Miller Mitchell, a social investigator, who studied the movie attendance of more than 10,000 children in Chicago, declares that "the majority of children come in contact with the movies once or twice a week." "Any institution," she adds, "that touches the life of a child with this persistent regularity becomes of high importance to his welfare."
Yes, but only if he remembers all or a great part of what he sees. If practically all of it glides off his mind as water from the proverbial duck's back and vanishes clear out of his memory, then, obviously, it carries much less importance than that suggested by Mrs. Mitchell. Clearly, the thing to do was to find out the truth or