Punishing the Victim -- Why Public Schools Pressure Parents To Give Their Kids Mind-Altering Drugs
Public-school teaching is structured in such a way that it inevitably bores millions of normal, active children who are forced to sit in classrooms six to eight hours a day with about twenty other immature children. The teacher has to cover the curriculum, so she is pressured to teach all the kids the same material in the same way. Few teachers have the time or patience to know each child's unique personality, interests, strengths, or weaknesses, or give different instruction to each student.
Middle-school and high-school children often have to learn subjects they can't relate to, are not interested in, or that frustrate them, such as history, trigonometry, or foreign languages. As a result, many students get bored, watch the clock, and wait for the school day to end.
Classroom "learning" usually consists of forcing students to read dumbed-down textbooks, memorizing facts from these textbooks, and then regurgitating these meaningless facts on dumbed-down tests. Students go from gym to math, to chemistry, to English literature, to American history. Their day consists of disconnected lectures on disconnected subjects. Each class lasts only fifty minutes, so their train of thought breaks off at the sound of the bell.
Young children in elementary school have natural high energy, and each child has his or her own unique personality. Most teachers simply don't have the time or patience to teach different material or use different teaching methods with each child. Just being cramped into a classroom with twenty-five other children and told to learn certain tasks by an adult they may not like, can annoy or frustrate many normal but emotionally immature children with a will of their own.
Overworked teachers are under a lot of pressure today. They must teach many students in their classes, cover the curriculum, test and grade the students, and prove to parents and the principal that their students are learning and doing well in their studies. Even worse, a teacher's job may now be threatened or she could be disciplined if her students do poorly on the new standardized tests The No Child Left Behind Act puts pressure on teachers and principals to make sure students pass these tests because the school can lose funding or even close down if students' test grades don't measure up to minimum standards.
For all these reasons, over-worked teachers are under enormous pressure to maintain discipline in class so they can do their job. If some students are disruptive, don't pay attention, or cause trouble in class, the teacher must do something about these children to keep order. In the old days, teachers could discipline kids by smacking or restraining them. If a teacher tried this today, parents would quickly slap her and the school with a lawsuit, so that kind of discipline is now impossible. Also, as we mentioned earlier, compulsory-attendance laws now make it extremely difficult to expel a violent or disruptive student.
So how do school authorities solve this discipline problem? Too often, they pressure parents to give Ritalin (or similar drugs) to "calm" children down or make them "focus" on their work. However, school authorities needed a way to justify using these mind-altering drugs on children. They found this "justification" by going along with the psychiatric establishment's claim that millions of normal, active, or bored kids who might be having temporary medical, emotional, or other stress problems at home or in class, have an alleged mental illness called ADHD.
By claiming that normal but disruptive children have a mental illness, school authorities feel justified in giving kids mind-altering drugs to "correct" the problem. Indeed, many well-intentioned teachers and principals have come to believe the ADHD rhetoric so strongly, that they sincerely believe they are helping children they think have ADHD.
Well-intentioned or not, schools also get many important benefits by taking the easy way out with Ritalin. School districts today are strapped for money because many States are running huge budget deficits. Schools can't spend the time, money, or effort it takes to find out what makes problem kids act out. They don't have the resources to give these children intensive, time-consuming psychological counseling, or test them for all the real medical conditions that might be causing the problem. So pressuring parents to give Ritalin to their normal but "unruly" kids to "quiet" them became the typical American quick-fix for solving complex problems.
Parents, don't let public schools pressure you into giving your children potentially dangerous mind-altering drugs. It is far more likely that your public school has PSTD (public school teaching disorder) than your normal child has an alleged disease called ADHD. Consider taking your children out of public school and homeschooling them.
Joel Turtel is the author of "Public Schools, Public Menace: How Public Schools Lie To Parents and Betray Our Children." Website: http://www.mykidsdeservebetter.com, Email: email@example.com, Phone: 718-447-7348. Article Copyrighted © 2005 by Joel Turtel. NOTE: You may post this Article on another website only if you set up a hyperlink to Joel Turtel's email address and website URL, http://www.mykidsdeservebetter.com
Sharing Recipes: Try these recipes with dark chocolate Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
Make the most of your zucchini bounty with these 6 summery recipes The Washington Post
Recipes: Thrill of the chill Waterbury Republican American
RECIPES: Five delicious summer suppers to celebrate the season in quarantine - Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
RECIPES: Five delicious summer suppers to celebrate the season in quarantine Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
10 Vegan Toffee Recipes that are Caramelly and Delicious! One Green Planet
Cooking 101: Get the scoop on our best-ever ice cream recipes Grand Island Independent
This Salmon Recipe Shines The New York Times
Blue-tiful recipes for blueberry month | Food | fredericknewspost.com Frederick News Post
You Can Now See Full List of Broadway-Inspired Recipes in BREAK AN EGG: THE BROADWAY COOKBOOK - Broadway World
You Can Now See Full List of Broadway-Inspired Recipes in BREAK AN EGG: THE BROADWAY COOKBOOK Broadway World
Recipe: Salt Block Fajitas | wzzm13.com WZZM13.com
Google Updates Recipe Structured Data Guidance Search Engine Journal
I made chocolate chip cookies using 3 celebrity chefs' recipes, and the best is the simplest - Insider - INSIDER
I made chocolate chip cookies using 3 celebrity chefs' recipes, and the best is the simplest - Insider INSIDER
Just Desserts: UTSA Libraries Pulls Recipes From Their Archives In New Cookbook - Texas Public Radio
You can make sazĂłn at home. All you need are some common kitchen spices. The Washington Post
Black Bean Burger With an Egg on Top Recipe The New York Times
Workhorse ingredients get a refresh in this honey-garlic chicken sheet-pan dinner - The Washington Post
Workhorse ingredients get a refresh in this honey-garlic chicken sheet-pan dinner The Washington Post
St. Petersburg publishing a cookbook with local restaurant recipes for coronavirus relief - Tampa Bay Times
St. Petersburg publishing a cookbook with local restaurant recipes for coronavirus relief Tampa Bay Times
Fare Exchange: Will recipe for Town and Country's bread pudding be as easy to find as Read House's pie? - Chattanooga Times Free Press
Fare Exchange: Will recipe for Town and Country's bread pudding be as easy to find as Read House's pie? Chattanooga Times Free Press
14 Recipes to Cook With Your Dad Over Zoom Grub Street
23 Easy Baking Recipes - Delicious Desserts for Beginners Country Living
'Barefoot Contessa' Ina Garten's Top 10 Salad Recipes Showbiz Cheat Sheet
USMIâ€™s Family Recipe MarineLink
Paul Batura: My mother's recipe box contains hundreds of dishes â€“ but thousands of memories - Fox News
Paul Batura: My mother's recipe box contains hundreds of dishes â€“ but thousands of memories Fox News
Weekend Recipe: Marinated Pork Roast | In the Pipeline Science Magazine
6 Instant Ramen Noodle Recipes Bon Appetit
Southern Recipe Revival Garden & Gun Magazine
Recipe | BLUEBERRY-COCONUT GREEK YOGURT POPS The Columbus Dispatch
Clever on the cob recipes | Valley Life | avpress.com Antelope Valley Press
Savour spicy mini uttapams for breakfast today (recipe inside) The Indian Express
McClellan: Favorite recipes from the past to share Longview News-Journal
Downtown Providence restaurant recipes The Providence Journal
Nigel Slaterâ€™s recipes for pickled gooseberries with mackerel tartare and tomato pickle - The Guardian
Nigel Slaterâ€™s recipes for pickled gooseberries with mackerel tartare and tomato pickle The Guardian
Hershey's chocolate cake recipe bests any box mix with minimal extra effort | No Budget Cooking Series - Green Bay Press Gazette
Hershey's chocolate cake recipe bests any box mix with minimal extra effort | No Budget Cooking Series Green Bay Press Gazette
Recipe: Summer is prime time for meatless meals with fresh produce Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Recipe: Broaden your 'burger' horizons Prescott Daily Courier
The 10 Most Popular Recipes of June 2020 Bon Appetit
Donut Recipes We Can't Stop Making Yahoo! Voices
50 fennel recipes for fronds in need Good Food
Making Our Recipes Better Bon Appetit
Recipe | Stuffed Onions The Southern
Quarantine Recipes: West African Chicken Curry Modern Farmer
Andi Oliver's Antiguan feast â€“ recipes The Guardian
Recipe: Tofu, eggplant dishes help cut back on meat in meals Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Recipe | Whiskey Bacon Onion Chutney The Southern
Yotam Ottolenghi's chickpea recipes The Guardian
Watch: Mumbai's Gajalee Restaurant Reveals Its Special Bharwan Mirchi Salan Recipe (Video Inside) - NDTV Food
Watch: Mumbai's Gajalee Restaurant Reveals Its Special Bharwan Mirchi Salan Recipe (Video Inside) NDTV Food
From Gobi Manchurian to Bisi Bele, 10 Bengaluru recipes to whip up at home - CondĂ© Nast Traveller India
From Gobi Manchurian to Bisi Bele, 10 Bengaluru recipes to whip up at home CondĂ© Nast Traveller India
Joyâ€™s Homemade Ice-Cream Recipe â€“ 7/14/20 KOLR - OzarksFirst.com
How to make Goan seafood curry â€“ recipe The Guardian
5 Indian vegetarian recipes to keep you healthy CondĂ© Nast Traveller India
Recipe: Turn the popular brunch dish, strata, into dinner with sauteed summer vegetables - The Boston Globe
Recipe: Turn the popular brunch dish, strata, into dinner with sauteed summer vegetables The Boston Globe
Recipe Swap: BLT salad makes great use of summer tomatoes Winston-Salem Journal
Sheet Pan Tuna Melt The Daily Meal
Healthy Breakfast Recipe: How To Make Uppu Urundai - South Indian-Style Steamed Rice Dumplings - NDTV Food
Healthy Breakfast Recipe: How To Make Uppu Urundai - South Indian-Style Steamed Rice Dumplings NDTV Food
Fox Recipe Box: Sweet & Savory Peach Salad WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland
Recipe | Beef & Vegetable Fried Rice KSDK.com
Mac N Cheese Day: A Recipe For You! â€˘ Salt Lake Magazine Salt Lake Magazine
Indian Cooking Tips: Prepare Restaurant-Style Nadru Yakhni With This Special Recipe By Mealability - NDTV Food
Indian Cooking Tips: Prepare Restaurant-Style Nadru Yakhni With This Special Recipe By Mealability NDTV Food
The POWER of Your Words
Words are truly powerful things. They are something that becomes a part of us, our history, and our legacy.
Family Meals: When Dinner Schedules Dont Match
Mealtimes together deserve an important place in any family. Around the table, family members connect, children learn the art of conversation, and a spirit of peace and thankfulness can flourish.
How Well Do You Know Your Child?
Do you think you really know your child? I don't mean know what he/she likes and doesn't like, but to know him/her well enough to understand his/her challenges, to appreciate his/her strengths and weaknesses and to help him/her develop his talents. Knowing your children can help increase their chance for success in the future and improve your relationship.
Top 20+ Reasons to Pay your Kid an Allowance
1. They can make mistakes under your guidance2.
Helping Your Kids Handle Divorce
Every year over one million parents have to talk to their kids about divorce. For each parent, the discussions differ, but the goals of the discussions are universal: to openly and honestly reassure your child of your love.
Plane Trip with Kids
Though you can cover even very long distances by car if you have the guts to, as soon as it comes to crossing water, you'll have to stick to a plane. The equation is the same as usual: limited space + long time of inactivity = whiny, annoying children.
Mothers Day Tribute
As Mother's Day approaches I would like to give a different perspective to ponder.Being a parent and a mother are not necessarily the same.
Successful Treatment Planning for Attention Deficit Disorder - ADD ADHD
How Being a Mom Makes You a Better Professional
"Becoming a parent can make you a better worker," New York Times writer Lisa Belkins said in a recent column.I'd always heard that becoming a parent made MEN better workers.
Shopping with Children
Is your weekly shopping trip with the kids an absolute chore ! or are you happy to take them along?Lots of moms don't have any choice in the matter, if they don't own a car it can be sheer agony waiting at bus stops then struggling on and off buses with kids and a pushchair.Gone are the days when a helping hand was offered, and if the bus is full, no gallant young man will jump up and offer his seat to the harassed mom.
Lead with Love:How Mothers Can Use Their Greatest Strength to Manage Around Their Technical Weakness
My wife and I have been working on a video scrapbook for our son now for about a year. The project originally started out as a movie of all of our video clips but it was immediately apparent that this scope was far too great.
Sibling Rivalry: The Magic Trick That Stops It Instantly
It's a familiar scene: Kids screaming at each other, complaining that, "He got a bigger piece of pie," or "She got to stay up an hour later last night."When sibling rivalry rears its ugly head, what do you do?Try to reason with the kids? Scream, threaten or punish them? Ignore it and run for cover?None of these methods is very effective for very long.
Using Diet, Counseling, and Attend to Overcome ADHD
When it comes to the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or with problems of Attention, Impulse Control, Over-Activity, or Learning Problems in "the real world," there are a number of approaches to treatment that may work well. The information in this series has either been gleaned from research on Attention Deficit Disorder - which I'll refer to as ADD or ADD, or it is from my own experience in a clinical setting.
Back to School Care Packages!
I am crying tears of joy mixed with great sadness as my oldest daughter prepares for her freshman year of college at the University of Maryland in the fall. She has already told me I am to send care packages.
The Giving Jar
Giving with a happy heart. If you teach a child to give with a happy heart you will raise a child who will never hesitate to lend a helping hand.
Screaming Kids Driving You Nuts? Four Rules to Help You Keep Your Sanity!
Often I will hear parents say, "I just ignore Jr. when he has a fit or screams.
Where Is Your Homework, Lisa?
Is Homework Really That Important?Dear Friends,I no longer teach in public schools, but for what seems like 100 years, I did. During my long career, I did the best I knew how to do at the time, based on where I was in life, and what I had learned about teaching.
14 Romantic Time-Outs for Parents
Here are fourteen spontaneous time-outs, specially designed to help you pay the small attentions that are so integral to lasting intimacy.Day One: Spend 15 minutes kissing.
Mutants or Clones?
In a single dose of children's television, I was bombarded with themes of mutants, cyborgs, evolving and the digital world. These words intimidated me at first, until I learned what the shows were talking about.
Dyslexia: Is the Shoe Perhaps on the Wrong Foot?
Reading is the most important skill that a child must acquire at school, because one must learn to read to be able to read to learn. The implication of this is that the child who is a poor reader will usually also be a poor learner.
|home | site map|