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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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Special Report | US Banks Still Foster Fossil Fuel Projects, Renege on Renewable Energy.

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Part 1: US Banks Pledged to Fund Renewable Energy, But They Still Spend Way More on Fossil Fuels.
In the years since the Paris climate agreement, banks have paid $1.9 trillion to finance fossil fuels.
Part 2: 'Radical Agents of Physical and Social Chaos': Campaigners Target Big Banks Over Destructive Fossil Fuel Projects
"It is simply nuts for banks to keep financing the ongoing destruction of the planet's climate."

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Part 1: US Banks Pledged to Fund Renewable Energy, But They Still Spend Way More on Fossil Fuels.
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A new study shows that in the years since the Paris climate agreement, banks have paid $1.9 trillion to finance fossil fuels.

Marisa Endicott, Mother Jones

March 28, 2019 | Each year since the Paris climate agreement, major world banks have increased their financing of fossil fuels, pouring $1.9 trillion into the industry from 2016 through 2018. And, it turns out, US banks are the worst offenders, according to a recent report published by a group of environmental organizations.

“The sad reality is that the fossil fuel sector has only grown since Paris,” says Patrick McCully, climate and energy director for the Rainforest Action Network and one of the report’s authors. “The banks are following what the industry is doing, and the industry’s able to expand because it’s able to keep getting capital from the banks…It’s just this really alarming, really terrifying dynamic going on worldwide.”

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Part 2: 'Radical Agents of Physical and Social Chaos': Campaigners Target Big Banks Over Destructive Fossil Fuel Projects

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/ Climate campaigners protested JPMorgan Chase's fossil fuel investments at a San Francisco branch in May of 2018. (Photo: Antonia Juhasz/Twitter)

"It is simply nuts for banks to keep financing the ongoing destruction of the planet's climate."

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019 | Environmental campaigners this week are pressuring a pair of big banks to stop pouring billions of dollars per year into destructive fossil fuel projects that drive the global climate crisis.



"Bankers are acting as radical agents of physical and social chaos; it's time for them to pull back and pay attention to science and society." —Bill McKibben, 350.org



A coalition of more than 100 groups sent a letter (pdf) to Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan on Tuesday urging him "to refrain from any further financing of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and to urge other financiers to do the same."

Jessica Corbett is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

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It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity. Kate Aronoff, Jacobin Magazine

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  • It isn't hyperbole to say that fossil-fuel executives are mass murderers. We should put them on trial for crimes against humanity.
  • Related: Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived.


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Chris Hedges and Vandana Shiva: The Fight for Life VS Monsanto/Bayer AG

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  • In this conversation with Chris Hedges, environmental activist and author, Vandana Shiva, talks about Monsanto/Bayer AG and other big AG players interests in India and her fight to protect life forms, seed varieties and farmers.
  • Related: It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity.

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30 Mar 2019 | This week Monsanto/Bayer AG was ordered by a California federal court to pay $80 million to Edwin Hardeman after a jury found its weed killer, Roundup, caused his cancer. The case is just one of thousands of lawsuits filed against the company over plaintiff’s use of the glyphosate-based herbicide.

In 2015, the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as probably carcinogenic to humans. The Food and Drug Administration has concluded the herbicide is not likely carcinogenic to humans. In August 2018, a jury in California state court awarded a school’s groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson, nearly $289 million in damages. The verdict was later reduced to $78 million and is on appeal.

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It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity. Kate Aronoff, Jacobin Magazine

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  • It isn't hyperbole to say that fossil-fuel executives are mass murderers. We should put them on trial for crimes against humanity.
  • Related: Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived.

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How women and minorities are claiming their right to rage

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Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos at the 2018 US Open. Photograph: Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA

Why do many think it acceptable for the white judge Brett Kavanaugh to lose his cool in public, but not the black tennis champion Serena Williams?

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Soraya Chemaly, the Guardian

Sat 11 May 2019 | Anger is typically defined as a strong feeling of displeasure, hostility or aggression. Mainly, we think of it in terms of individual feelings, and we associate those feelings with isolating behaviours that cause discomfort or fear in ourselves or in others.

Anger is, however, also a critically useful and positive emotion – one that is, contrary to being isolating, deeply social and socially constructed. Anger warns us, as humans, that something is wrong and needs to change. Anger is the human response to being threatened with indignity, physical harm, humiliation and unfairness. Anger drives us to demand accountability, a powerful force for political good. As such, it is often what drives us to form creative, joyous and politically vibrant communities. 

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Soil has a story to tell us, and we are all a part of it.

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  • Part 1: “The Story of Soil Is the Story of All of Us.”
  • Soil as a solution to one of our biggest environmental problems
  • Part 2: The Gift of Soil: How Composting Builds Community
  • The perfect soil mixture can do more than grow food.

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Part 1: “The Story of Soil Is the Story of All of Us.”

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Annie Leonard and Tom Newmark on how they came to see soil as a solution to one of our biggest environmental problems—and as a tool to build more resilient communities.

Annie Leonard & Tom Newmark, Yes! Magazine

https://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/dirt/image / Apr 22, 2019 | Wendell Berry called it “the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all.” Ninety-five percent of our food is grown in it, it stores and filters our water and provides a home for the majority of life on the planet, and yet most of us rarely pay much attention to it. We dump poisonous chemicals on it, inject it with synthetic nutrients, slash it with plows, strip it of its natural diversity, and bury our trash in it.

But soil has a story to tell us, and we are all a part of it.

Annie Leonard is the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA.

Tom Newmark is the founder of Semillas Sagradas, one of the New World’s largest and most comprehensive sanctuaries for endangered plant species.

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Part 2: The Gift of Soil: How Composting Builds Community


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The perfect soil mixture can do more than grow food.

Liz Brazile, Yes! Magazine

Apr 22, 2019 | It took more than two decades for Kevin Holtham, 49, to formulate what he reckons is the perfect soil mixture. And he’s working just as hard at giving it away.

Holtham comes from a farmer lineage in Niagara County, western New York, but his home for the past 15 years has been Charlotte, North Carolina. There, he collects compostable waste that people are happy to get rid of and uses it to cultivate his land.

Liz Brazile is a former solutions reporting intern for YES! Magazine. She now reports for Crosscut and KCTS 9 as Cascade Public Media’s Emerging Journalist Fellow.

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