Children are continually “under the microscope” of the school psychologist
This mother’s story illustrates how psychologists and psychiatrists have turned schools from places of learning into psychiatric clinics, “diagnosing” millions of schoolchildren with ADHD and other “mental disorders” that have no valid scientific basis, then pressuring parents to drug their children. For more information, read “Child Drugging: Psychiatry Destroying Lives”. For information on the dangers of ADHD and other psychiatric drugs, click here.
My 7-year-old son attended an elementary school in the Aurora public school system last year. A couple of weeks after my son started school, he began to experience some problems in keeping up with the schoolwork.
I volunteered to help in my child’s classroom a few hours per week. I observed that the teacher was pushing ahead with the subject matter before many children had a chance to fully grasp it, and that words were being used that the children did not understand. I understood why my son was becoming inattentive and unwilling to do his schoolwork in class.
I also witnessed the extent to which a school psychologist was present in the classroom. Almost every time I spent time in that classroom, a psychologist came in and took notes while watching these kids. I realized that this monitoring of the children was constant – that they were all being “put under the microscope” to find “abnormal” behavior. I know that there were at least a few children in the classroom who were already considered to be “behavior problems.”
At the parent-teacher conferences for my son, I was surprised that two school psychologists also attended. They discussed how my child’s behavior was the problem. I told them the real cause was educational issues and that an educational approach was needed.
The teacher suggested a problem-solving team (“PST”) meeting about my son with a group of teachers who worked together to find solutions for students who needed help. At the PST meeting, a school psychologist was again in attendance. The words “hyper” and “attention” were used numerous times. The school psychologist took over the conversation. She wanted my son in one of her behavioral groups, and although “ADHD” was not mentioned outright, it was quite obvious that was what she had concluded about my child. I knew that I would be pressured to put my child on an ADHD drug next. I had already heard the classroom teacher praising another mother for putting her child on an ADHD drug.
I did not consent to my son being in this behavioral group. I had actually put a good amount of time learning about “ADHD” and was aware of the fact that there was no scientific evidence of its existence. I said I would take the matter into my own hands and work with my child on his educational needs. The school psychologist then responded that if she observed “symptoms” in a child, she was “required to report it.” I felt she was subtly threatening me. I felt that under pressure from the school psychologist, the school would continue to push for labeling my son with a mental disorder and putting him on drugs.
I removed my son from the school district, deciding instead to home-school him with the Applied Scholastics Online program. It has allowed me to assess exactly what was previously missed in my child’s education and to zero in on any areas that need extra work. Best of all, he is having a blast and is learning like a thirsty sponge!
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