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The ADHD Overdiagnosis Epidemic Is a Schooling Problem, Not a Child One

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  • Freeing young people from restrictive schooling and allowing them to learn and grow through their own self-directed curiosity can lead to happier and healthier families and children.
  • Related: How America Outlawed Adolescence
  • Related: The Value of a Self-Directed Summer for Kids

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Kerry McDonald, Intellectual Takeout

April 25, 2019 | Childhood exuberance is now a liability. Behaviors that were once accepted as normal, even if mildly irritating to adults, are increasingly viewed as unacceptable and cause for medical intervention. High energy, lack of impulse control, inability to sit still and listen, lack of organizational skills, fidgeting, talking incessantly—these typical childhood qualities were widely tolerated until relatively recently. Today, children with these characteristics are being diagnosed with, and often medicated for, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at an astonishing rate.



The ADHD Fallacy
Marilyn Wedge, author of A Disease Called Childhood: Why ADHD Became An American Epidemic, sounds the alarm on ADHD overdiagnosis.



While ADHD may be a real and debilitating ailment for some, the startling upsurge in school-age children being labeled with and medicated for this disorder suggests that something else could be to blame. More research points to schooling, particularly early schooling, as a primary culprit in the ADHD diagnosis epidemic.

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/styles/medium/public/kerry_mcdonald.jpg?itok=q6A2g_2o / Kerry McDonald is a Senior Contributor for Intellectual Takeout. She has a B.A. in economics from Bowdoin College and a Master’s degree in education policy from Harvard University.

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How America Outlawed Adolescence, Amanda Ripley, the Atlantic

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  • At least 22 states make it a crime to disturb school in ways that teenagers are wired to do. Why did this happen?
  • Related: From the Archives | Where Do We Draw the Line When It Comes to Zero Tolerance in Schools?

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The Value of a Self-Directed Summer for Kids, Kerry McDonald, Intellectual Takeout

  • http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/sidewalkchalk.jpgKids are feeling more pressure to achieve, more pressure in school, and are more worried about making a living than in previous years.
  • Related: What America Has Done To its Young People is Appalling ~ James Ostrowski


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The Value of a Self-Directed Summer for Kids

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  • Kids are feeling more pressure to achieve, more pressure in school, and are more worried about making a living than in previous years.
  • Related: The ADHD Overdiagnosis Epidemic Is a Schooling Problem, Not a Child One.
  • Related: What America Has Done To its Young People is Appalling ~ James Ostrowski 

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Kerry McDonald, Intellectual Takeout

April 23, 2019 | It’s all over the news these days. Kids are stressed-out, not playing, and, most worrisome, experiencing sharp increases in depression and suicide.

Last month, a new paper published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology revealed that adolescent mental health has deteriorated over the last decade, with soaring depression rates for young people ages 14 to 17. This month, a research paper published in JAMA Pediatrics found that between 2007 and 2015, the number of children and adolescents who visited hospital emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts and actions doubled. The average age of the suicidal child was 13, Dr. Gene Beresin, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston who was not involved with the study, told CNN in response to the new research.


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The ADHD Overdiagnosis Epidemic Is a Schooling Problem, Not a Child One. Kerry McDonald, Intellectual Takeout

  • http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/childadhd.pngFreeing young people from restrictive schooling and allowing them to learn and grow through their own self-directed curiosity can lead to happier and healthier families and children.
  • Related: How America Outlawed Adolescence
  • Related: The Value of a Self-Directed Summer for Kids

 

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What America Has Done To its Young People is Appalling ~ James Ostrowski , Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

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  • From James Ostrowski at lewrockwell.com:
  • Related: From the Archives | 28 People Who Prove Our Education System Is Failing

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Turning Boys Into Men

  • Part 1: Ten Guides for Turning Boys Into Men
  • A young man needs guides, equipment, and maps for his journey.
  • Part 2: Boys are Growing Frustrated by Living in a Feminized Society … and That’s Showing Up in Their Friendships
  • Is it time to stop treating the traditional, rough-and-tumble boy like a dangerous creature who must be toned down to suit feminized society?

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Part 1: Ten Guides for Turning Boys Into Men


A young man needs guides, equipment, and maps for his journey. These books, anddozens ofothers, can serve him as a compass.

Jeff Minick, Intellectual Takeout <http://www.intellectualtakeout.org>

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/talk_friend_man_conversation_communication-32958.jpgApril 16, 2019 | Many young men are puzzled these days about the meaning of manhood, perplexed by what they hear in a classroom, learn online, or see in their friends. They want to work, to love, to do good in the world, to emulate other men. Unfortunately, maps for these destinations seem in short supply.

Help is at hand. Literally. Put a book in his hand, the right book, and you provide him with a guide.

(Here) are ten books that might help him on his way.

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Part 2: Boys are Growing Frustrated by Living in a Feminized Society … and That’s Showing Up in Their Friendships

Is it time to stop treating the traditional, rough-and-tumble boy like a dangerous creature who must be toned down to suit feminized society?

Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/angryboy.jpgMay 21, 2018 | I burst out laughing the other day while reading a friend’s Facebook status. He explained that he and his two grade school sons were watching Anne of Green Gables when they came to the part where Anne and Diana have a conversation while standing on a cliff overlooking the sea. The youngest son suddenly blurted out, “Anne better watch out, Diana might push her off the cliff.”

In amazement, my friend looked at his son and asked if he thought girl friendships were the same as the physical, often rough-and-tumble one which existed between him and his brother. The conversation ended in hysterical laughter as all three of them recognized just how different male interactions are from female ones.

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From the Archives: Teacher Explains Why Schools Can’t Produce Well-Educated Minds

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  • It's quite simple really.
  • Related: The Age of the Imbecile

 


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Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout

January 5, 2017 | In recent years, a number of Americans have been awaking to the realization that today’s children are not receiving a high-quality education. The nation’s test scores in everything from reading to science are evidence of that.

But while many Americans now recognize what a good education is not, many are unsure exactly what it is.

Annie Holmquist is Editor of Intellectual Takeout. In her role, she assists with website content production and social media messaging.  

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The Age of the Imbecile, ‪umair haque, Eudaimonia and Co / Medium

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The Whole Economic System is Rigged for the Rich.

  • Part 1: Of Course College Admissions Rigged for the Rich. The Whole Economic System Is.
  • The college admissions scandal is just the tip of the inequality iceberg.
  • Part 2: School Daze: Use That Bribe Scandal to Fight for Debt-Free College.
  • Since 2006, student loan debt has grown 170 percent.

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Part 1: Of Course College Admissions Rigged for the Rich. The Whole Economic System Is.

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/ A commencement ceremony at Yalu University. "It's no shock college admissions are rigged for the rich," writes Gerard. "The whole economic system is rigged by the rich." (Photo: via Yales News)

The college admissions scandal is just the tip of the inequality iceberg.

Leo Gerard, Common Dreams

Thursday, March 14, 2019 | The children of working stiffs learned a brutal lesson this week as federal prosecutors criminally charged rich people with buying admission to elite universities for their less-than-stellar children.

The lesson is that no matter how hard you work, no matter how smart or talented you are, a dumb, lazy rich kid is going to beat you.

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Part 2: School Daze: Use That Bribe Scandal to Fight for Debt-Free College.


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 / Last week’s revelation of a big college bribery scandal among the rich and famous is further proof of the vast inequality between rich and poor and the plutocracy’s willingness to game the schools for themselves while ignoring the educational plight of everyone else. (Photo: Getty)

Since 2006, student loan debt has grown 170 percent.

Michael Winship, Common Dreams

Monday, March 18, 2019 | This will come as no surprise to most sentient human beings but we have an education crisis in this country that begins with the Cheeto Benito in the White House and trickles down all the way to households in which a child has never had a storybook read to them.

That my generation, as a wise man once said, is the first to teach the next generation less than we know goes beyond a sad commentary on our growing collective ignorance to reflect a society in which the best education is too often reserved for the scions of the high and mighty, the children of the very wealthy.

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/authors/michael-winship-150x150.jpg?itok=OQKVZfvI / Michael Winship is the Schumann Senior Writing Fellow for Common Dreams. Previously, he was the Emmy Award-winning senior writer for Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com, a past senior writing fellow at the policy and advocacy group Demos, and former president of the Writers Guild of America East.

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Let’s Fight for Universal Childcare

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It’s good for the economy and consistent with our values.

 

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Katrina vanden Heuvel, the Nation

February 26, 2019 | A few weeks ago, Nation columnist Katha Pollitt wrote a compelling New York Times piece endorsing “day care for all.” Noting that childcare is “one of the biggest costs a family faces,” often surpassing even college tuition, Pollitt argued that a lack of affordable childcare is a problem on par with challenges that receive far more attention from leading progressives. “So why isn’t it on the front burner of the revitalized left?” she asked.

The question turned out to be prescient. Last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) unveiled her proposal for universal childcare in the United States. While other candidates have discussed the need for affordable childcare—and it was one of Hillary Clinton’s priorities in 2016—Warren’s plan is clearly the most ambitious proposal to date. It would establish a network of federally funded, locally run childcare centers across the nation. Enrollment would be completely free for millions of children and affordable for all, with the total cost per family capped at 7 percent of a family’s income, no matter the number of kids. The centers would be staffed by qualified care providers, who would be paid similarly to teachers. Access would be guaranteed, but families with the means to choose other options would be free to do so. And it would be fully paid for with revenue from the wealth tax Warren has called for on households with a net worth greater than $50 million.

Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher of the Nation.

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What America Has Done To its Young People is Appalling ~ James Ostrowski. Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

 

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  • From James Ostrowski at lewrockwell.com
  • Related: From the Archives | 28 People Who Prove Our Education System Is Failing

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Sexual Abuse: A "Serious and Pervasive" Issue

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  • Part 1: Child sex abuse called 'a serious and pervasive' issue in US society
  • Child sexual abuse in the United States is at epidemic levels.
  • Part 2: Southern Baptist Convention report on sex abuse shines a light on evangelical culture.
  • We need to take a long look at the theological and structural conditions that enable abuse
  • Part 3: Driving Change in States to Combat Sexual Harassment
  • All workers deserve a work environment free of any type of gender discrimination, including sexual harassment.
  • Related: Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors.

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Part 1: Child sex abuse called 'a serious and pervasive' issue in US society

Julie Asher, Catholic News Service / National Catholic Reporter


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Understanding the plague of sexual abuse in this country means going beyond the immediate headlines and understanding what experts are saying about this scourge. It also means looking not only at the Catholic Church but at all institutions and societal structures where abuse can take place.

Julie Asher <>, Catholic News Service / National Catholic Reporter

Feb 11, 2019 | Child sexual abuse in the United States is at epidemic levels.

More than 60,000 children are reported to have been abused every year, outnumbering those killed by guns or cars. Those who survive are often left not only with physical wounds, but also with psychological wounds that may never heal. These wounds exact both a profound personal and social cost.

Julie Asher: national editor at Catholic News Service

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Part 2: Southern Baptist Convention report on sex abuse shines a light on evangelical culture.
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We need to take a long look at the theological and structural conditions that enable abuse — starting with purity teachings that shame survivors.

Linda Kay Klein, NBC News Think

Feb. 12, 2019 | Sexual abuse was never just a Catholic problem. But unlike the Catholic structure, evangelical churches like the one I grew up in and have spent the past 13 years researching are largely self-governing. This means we’ve mostly lacked the kind of bureaucratic record that might prove systemic abuse the way it’s been documented in Catholic dioceses.



Sexual violence extends well beyond the church, yet I have found that religious authoritarianism and purity culture can enable it.



Now, a report on a major evangelical denomination is changing all that.

Linda Kay Klein is the author of "Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free," and the founder of "Break Free Together," a nonprofit committed to helping people release shame and claim their whole selves.

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Part 3: Driving Change in States to Combat Sexual Harassment

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Worker leadership and mobilization, state and local policy innovations, and industry commitments must be part of a collective, comprehensive, and holistic strategy to eliminate sex-based, discriminatory workplace practices.

Diana Boesch, Jocelyn Frye, and Kaitlin Holmes, Center for American Progress

January 15, 2019 | Survivors' stories that have fueled the #MeToo movement are a vivid, troubling reminder of the need to combat sexual harassment in all workplaces and industries, especially for workers who face the steepest imbalances of power.



All workers deserve a work environment free of any type of gender discrimination, including sexual harassment.



Importantly, there are successful strategies that have been deployed at the state level that are already making a difference.

This report highlights innovations to transform workplace practices and create better work environments for all—from worker-led initiatives to voluntary employer commitments to state-level legislative efforts and more.

Policymakers must prioritize bold, concrete action steps to combat sexual harassment and misconduct.

Diana Boesch is a research assistant for the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress.
Jocelyn Frye
is a senior fellow at the Center. Her expertise is Women's economic security, women's rights.
Kaitlin Holmes was a research assistant for the Women’s Initiative at the Center.

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Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors. Credo Action / Ultraviolet

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  • Tell Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos: "Do not eviscerate protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault."
  • Related: These are the obscure Trump staffers who are systematically dismantling the federal government.

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