EDUCATION FOR A FREE NATION
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October 18, 2006
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for North Side families
21, 2006 Noon
Plymouth & Penn
to the University of MN Mental Health Research Center
community and others who will stand with them
- Carol White, President of Parents Speak Out
- Dr. Karen Effrem, pediatrician, EdWatch Board of Directors
- Gena Bounds, Parent of 2nd grader who was forced to hear about her
teacher's "coming out"
- Reverend Curtis, Zion Baptist Church
- Reverend Lewis Walton, Trinity Tabernacle
- Reverend Gaither Robinson, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
- Jim Lilly, Republican State Senate candidate
Please join Carol White of Parents Speak Out,
Dr. Karen Effrem of EdWatch,
Effrem will join a list of speakers at a public rally this Saturday on
the corner of Penn and Plymouth Avenues in north Minneapolis at noon to
speak out against the University of Minnesota once again forcing its
mental health research on Minnesota's minority children.
and others this Saturday, October 21st. Stand with families as they
University of Minnesota forcing its mental health research agenda on
University of Minnesota is moving ahead with plans to build a $60-plus
million Mental Health Research Center in the middle of Minneapolis' North
Side at Plymouth and Penn, in spite of intense opposition from the
community. The neighborhood wants economic development on that prime
spot, not mental health research on their children. Jobs are scarce and
gang violence is a growing menace.
University's Dante Cicchetti from New York finds that situation perfect
for his research. Cicchetti holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and
child development with minors in behavior genetics, neuroscience and
psychophysiology. Behavioral genetics is based on the belief that
genetics is the major factor in determining behavior,including violence.
update of August 14, 2006.]
October 14, 2006 EdWatch conference heard from Carol White, the President
of Parents Speak Out, as she described how minority children are the
guinea pigs for drug testing. Carol remembers when despairing parents
would come to her in the 1970's as the state threatened charges of child
abuse if parents refused to place their children, especially their young
boys, on ritalin and other drugs. Today, these coercive measures and the
permanent destructive effects of these drugs on children are becoming
public, but what began in the minority community has now spread to
schools all across the land. [See
Federal funding for universal mental health screening" and
Citizens Revolt Against Children's Mental Health
It is no
secret that success in school requires learning to read early, and
intensive phonics curriculum works. Learning basic math requires
memorizing math tables, practice, and coming up with right answers, not
relying on calculators and estimation from kindergarten on.
Knowledge-based learning, time on task, and classroom discipline is a
well-known recipe for success. Yet children are subjected to whole
language, integrated math, group projects, discovery learning and
diversity training. The neediest children are deprived the most. Instead
of helping children, these worthless programs end up causing many to be
psychologically labelled and medicated with ineffective and dangerous
medications. The President's Commission on Special Education
reported that black children are half again as likely as white children
to be labeled as emotionally disturbed.
Mental health research isn't what minorities need for their kids to
succeed. Behavioral genetics is extremely controversial. Is there, for
example, a genetic marker associated with increased criminal activity?
Why would Cicchetti, a behavior geneticist, situate his Mental Health
Research Center in a high density minority and high crime area? Residents
fear the same intentions as the highly controversial and thoroughly
discredited federal Violence Initiative of the early 1990's. Black
children were compared with "monkeys in the jungle" and
targeted for spinal taps and "preventive" psychotropic drug
treatment, as chronicled in Dr. Peter Breggin's book The War Against
Children of Color.
What we know:
1) Mental illness is over-diagnosed, especially in
2) Experts in the psychiatric field admit that the diagnostic criteria
for mental illnesses are "subjective," and "value
judgments based on culture." They also admit that the surveys
and screening instruments used to label children are "highly
3) Psychotropic medications are over-prescribed. More money was
spent on these drugs for children in 2003 than on antibiotics and asthma
3) The diagnostic criteria for mental illnesses are vague social
constructs, as admitted by experts in the psychiatric field.
4) Many studies, some of them kept from physicians and the public for
years, have shown that these medications are not at all effective in
the long term.
5) The psychotropic medications have serious, if not fatal, side
effects that include suicide, violence, sudden death from heart problems,
diabetes, obesity, stoke, neurological problems, impaired learning, and a
shortened life span.
6) No psychiatric illness is caused by naturally occurring
deficiencies of any psychiatric drug, but there are many reasons that
children may have symptoms of mental illness that are overlooked by both
schools and physicians that can be corrected without psychiatric drugs.
What you can do
1. Come to the rally to support these families and Dr. Effrem,
and bring someone with you.
2. Order copies of
your rights" cards regarding child psychological testing.
The Dangers of Universal Mental Health
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