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More on Screening Kids for Mental Health

August 20, 2004

Public rejection of universal mental health screening for children and adults, particularly in the schools, is gaining momentum. Illinois was the first state to pick up on the recommendations from a federal panel. Federal law is pushing states into adopting measures that parents and the public vigorously oppose. (See Screening and drugging children will not prevent social ills," by  Dr. Karen Effrem.)

A New York Times article today begins:

And from the Minnesota Department of Human Services:

Dr. Karen Effrem of EdWatch will be speaking at the EdWatch November 5th and 6th 2004 Education Conference on the federal mental health policies in the schools and its connection to No Child Left Behind. Watch for more information coming from EdWatch!

Following is another article relating to the issue.


GUEST OPINION: "Mental health and world citizenship - the history of government involvement"
Dennis Cuddy, Ph.D.

Monday, August 16, 2004

OPINION -- In a recent article, I related that the Bush administration's Secretary of Education Rod Paige last October 3 declared that the U.S. is pleased to rejoin UNESCO where we could develop common strategies to prepare our children to become "citizens of the world."

Then on June 21 WorldNetDaily.com published, "Life With Big Brother: Bush to screen population for mental illness," describing President Bush's "New Freedom Initiative" that would have every citizen receive a mental health screening.

What one needs to guard against is the use of mental health to pursue world government.

The theme of the administration of President Woodrow Wilson was "The New Freedom," and it pursued the ideals of Philip Dru: Administrator, written in 1912 by President Wilson's chief adviser, Col. Edward M. House, who wrote of "socialism as dreamed of by Karl Marx."

Education would be a primary vehicle for achieving the objective, and John Dewey, the father of progressive education, promoted socialism. He said the society or group is most important, and that independent individualists have a form of "insanity."

By the late 1940s, Dewey's progressive education was becoming dominant in American public schools. And in 1948 an International Congress on Mental Health was held in London with publication of a document, "Mental Health and World Citizenship," declaring that "world citizenship can be widely extended among all peoples through the application of the principles of mental health."

The Congress promoted the U.N. as the vehicle for promoting this objective, and UNESCO's director-general Sir Julian Huxley the same year wrote in UNESCO: Its Purpose and its Philosophy that "political unification in some sort of world government will be required."

The 1950s and 1960s saw the growing strength of Dewey's progressive educational philosophy and mental health advocacy, and in 1965 the Joint Commission on Mental Health of Children was established.

In 1969, the Commission released its report, which stated: "As the home and church decline in influence...schools must begin to provide adequately for the emotional and moral development of children.... The school... must assume a direct responsibility for the attitudes and values of child development. The child advocate, psychologist, social technician, and medical technician should all reach aggressively into the community, send workers out to children's homes, recreationfacilities, and schools. They should assume full responsibility for all education, including pre-primary education."

In the 1970s, a representative of HEW (U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare) approached North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. about developing a model for child health care around the nation.

The N.C. Plan was called, "Child Health Plan for Raising a New Generation," and included establishing a "health care home" for every child, stating "responsibilities belonging to child and family are required."

The plan was released in 1979, the same year the N.C. State Health Plan was adopted, linking in two places religion with mental illness and mental retardation.

In the same year (1979), Bill Clinton (supported by Hillary Clinton) began Arkansas' Governor's School for the Gifted and Talented, modeled after the first Governor's School in the nation which was established in 1963 in N.C.,[The Governor's School] was funded in part by the Carnegie Corporation and was attended by the writer of this article. We were given various psychological tests, which, I believe, looked at us as guinea pigs to be remolded for the Brave New World of the future.

When Hillary Clinton became First Lady of the U.S. in 1993, she was in charge of a health care task force, about half the members of whom were connected with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

On the NBC’s Today Show (January 23, 1990), Dr. Michael Lewis of the New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School had claimed: "Lying is an important part of social life, and children who are unable to do it are children who may have developmental problems."

What Hillary Clinton's task force was proposing was basically socialized medicine. Hillary's friend, former N.C. Gov. Hunt, became director of RWJ's Mental Health Services for Youth program.

And regarding a January 4-5, 1996, symposium in Frankfurt, Kentucky, attended by attorney Kent Masterson Brown, the attorney said: "He (former Gov. Hunt) came to Governor Wallace Wilkinson in Kentucky and told him that RWJ would like Kentucky to become part of this mental health program for youth, and said we'll give you $100,000 to plan a program....That's what they do. I mean, you think that's just buying legislation. Well, it is."

The next year, early in 1997, former Gov. Hunt was chairman of the National Education Goals Panel and promoted the Early Childhood Public Engagement Campaign that actor Rob Reiner and others were starting, with the Carnegie Corporation once again playing a critical role. (The Carnegie Institution in 1904 had financed the establishment of a biological experiment station related to eugenics at Cold Spring Harbor, New York.)

The NEGP indicated a desire for the creation of a nationalized system of childcare from age zero based upon the principles of brain research (mental health). Roy Roemer, Governor of Colorado at the time, stated: "The ideal system would be... in every community or county you have an organizational structure that is responsible for the zero to 6, zero to 3 age level for the child.... And then finally put in a hooker and say, 'Hey, you don't get any payments from state on their highways until you do this job.'"

It may be this same type of coercive tactic that is used to facilitate the current New Freedom Initiative. Mental health screenings may be attached to the current vaccines most children are required to receive to attend public schools. And for older people, they may be asked by insurance companies to "voluntarily" accept the screenings if they don't want their premiums to increase.

In 2001, President George W. Bush worked with U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy to pass the federal "No Child Left Behind" legislation, which includes provisions for expanding school-based mental health programs. This fits with the report of The New Freedom in Mental Health Commission, which stressed that "schools must be partners in the mental health care of our children."

Where is all this leading? In the third volume of Arthur Calhoun’s A Social History of the American Family, published in 1919 and widely used as a social service textbook, one reads:

Relevant to this, Clinton administration official Mary Jo Bane said almost 30 years ago that "in order to raise children with equality, we must take them away from families and communally raise them." (Tulsa Sunday World, August 21, 1977)

And about that same time, HEW Executive Assistant Eddie Bernice Johnson (who would later become a Congresswoman from Texas) advocated the licensing of parents before they would be permitted to have children. Licensing of parents has also been proposed by Prof. Gene Stephens (The Futurist, April 1981) and Dr. Jack Westman (Licensing Parents, 1994).

Under the American socialism planned for our future, government will increasingly control our lives via mental health screening and education, among other means. Only if the American people resist these efforts as soon as possible will we be successful in thwarting the plans of the power elite.

© 2004 Dennis Cuddy - All Rights Reserved. First posted on NewsWithViews.com. Reprinted by permission


Dennis Laurence Cuddy, historian and political analyst, received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (major in American History, minor in political science). Dr. Cuddy has taught at the university level, has been a political and economic risk analyst for an international consulting firm, and has been a Senior Associate with the U.S. Department of Education.

Cuddy has also testified before members of Congress on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Cuddy has authored or edited seventeen books and booklets, and has written hundreds of articles appearing in newspapers around the nation, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He has been a guest on numerous radio talk shows in various parts of the country, such as ABC Radio in New York City, and he has also been a guest on the national television programs USA Today and CBS's Nightwatch


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