The Mental Health System: Who’s Crazy?

Thought-provoking lecture excerpt! In my experience, no school official has ever said, “if you don’t medicate your child we will kick him/her out of school.” However, if a doctor has prescribed medicine for a child and the parent accepts it, records it on school paper work, and the child communicates they don’t have it, need a refill, parents don’t give it regularly, etc., then we do have school social workers who will get in touch with parents to see how they can help. I see that those in poverty may perceive that communication in a coercive light. Some parents view schools as part of the establishment that controls them. I would like to see a paradigm shift in this regard, so that these parents come to see school officials as partners in their child’s development. Parents do have the right to refuse the doctor’s prescription and they can file paper work with the school from the doctor that states it is in the child’s best interest to discontinue medication and pursue other interventions, such as counseling, time management, and so forth. In my personal experience, I have received more valuable information from nutritionists and gastroenterologists than I have from psychologists…and I have as much confidence in the psychiatrists I have encountered as I have in fortune-telling potion sellers…NONE! I am a firm believer that good nutrition, good elimination habits, and adequate rest will balance most people’s brain chemistry. I know there are people who REALLY need medication and agree with the analogy, “Diabetics can no more will themselves to regulate their body’s insulin than Mentally ill persons can will themselves to regulate their brain’s chemistry.” I am thankful that their are pharmaceuticals available for those in need, but I find it unethical that they are so easily distributed without attempting other interventions first. Fortunately, even when I thought one of my children had ADD, her pediatrician was firm about using other interventions first and saving the process of counseling and psychiatric evaluation which would lead to medication as a last resort. I thus became a big fan of

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PsychRights Attorney Jim Gottstein discussing the psychiatric drugging of children and youth and the elderly at his guest lecture at Alaska Pacific University, February 22, 2012

“The Mental Health System: Who’s Crazy?” 

Sponsored by Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department of Alaska Pacific University

Presenter: James B. (Jim) Gottstein, Esq. President/CEO Law Project for Psychiatric Rights
The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights is a public interest law firm devoted to the defense of people facing the horrors of forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock. 
We are further dedicated to exposing the truth about these drugs and the courts being misled into ordering people to be drugged and subjected to other brain and body damaging interventions against their will. 
Currently, due to massive growth in psychiatric drugging of children and youth and the current targeting of them for even more psychiatric drugging…

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HOME:: Birthing Support by Fathers: Top 9

This gentleman knows what he’s talking about. A woman needs a supportive partner when she is expecting. Having support creates the best possible body chemistry and optimizes neurological development for the baby. The way a child comes into the world is of great consequence. There is a reason that if a child needs intervention services in school, a “social/emotional development history” packet is sent home. The RtI (Response to Intervention) team takes into account the situations and circumstances of gestation, birth, and development because they all affect the brain and consequenty have an impact of academic performance.

Photo Documentary Collaboration Opportunity

I have been inspired by people who have taken on the challenge of sharing the American school experience through photography and documentary film.  The most recent one I watched was Waiting for Superman.  It was powerful.  It made me cry.  It made me want to DO SOMETHING, but it left me thinking, “that’s only part of the story.” I really appreciate their Take Action Checklist.

There are two new Educational documentaries coming in 2012, as reported by Esther Wojcicki. I’d also like to watch this one – School: The Story of American Public Education.  USA Today wrote an article about the 4 big Educational documentaries of 2010. I’m sure there are many more worth watching & welcome your suggestions.

A colleague and I would really like to build a diverse team to develop a more comprehensive visual report, either in print or through video…maybe both.  If you’re interested, let me know.

We Want Your Soul

Videos like this are the result of not giving students in school enough opportunities to be creative. They see the world around them and recognize evidence of corruption. So they channel their creative energies into dynamic criticism, filled with anger, rage, and profanity that adds to the wasteland mentality that they condemn. Educationists have the ability to teach students to learn from the past, make the best of the present, and help students identify their purpose so that they can make meaningful contribution to the future. We CAN transform adolescent angst and adult discontent into relevance by building relationships, asking questions, and being honest with those we have the privilege to teach.


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What Does Love Mean?

Giving our kids a quality education requires a lot of love. This is a great post!


This is beautiful. I found it in a forum long ago, so I don’t know the original source, but nevertheless I guarantee it will make you smile!

A group of professionals got together and asked this question to 4 to 8 year-olds:”WHAT DOES LOVE MEAN?” The answers they received were deeper and more thoughtful than anyone could have imagined:

“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time even when his hands got arthritis too.” Rebecca: 8.

“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Karl: 5.

“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Chrissy: 6.

“Love is what makes you smile when…

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Scholarship for Service

It is rare to find a scholarship that will cover full tuition for your choice of a Bachelors, Masters, or Doctorate, let alone one that offers a generous stipend of 25K-41K per year, health insurance, and book allowance.  The Department of Defense is recruiting civilian workers through their SMART program (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation). At their website, you can see the disciplines they are interested in and find out more information.  It looks like an awesome opportunity for 21st century career development!

Edudemic Magazine built for the iPad Educator


The editors at have released their Edudemic iPad magazine, exclusively dedicated to the world of iPad in education. So far, they have published two issues, with Vol. 2 featuring an article written by us!

Download the latest version and tell us what you think.


The article, which we can’t link here because you have to download the magazine into an iPad, is entitled: Toward Meaningful iPad integration and deals with issues of app proliferation, equal access, and the future of app development in the age of Common Core State Standards.

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Introduce A Girl To Engineering Today!


Today is the 11th annual Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day! While today is the official date of celebration, events are hosted year-round by various corporations, organizations, clubs, universities, schools, and museums. This Day is symbolic of the wide array of events that encourage girls to consider engineering both as a field of study and a career.

Today, and continuing on through the year, businesses like Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon will open their doors to girls in the community for tours, information sessions, hands-on activities, and other activities to stimulate interest in engineering. Many corporations will visit local schools and clubs in an effort to reach out to young girls who may be interested in engineering and to introduce them to the range of engineering careers.

Local organizations, clubs, and schools will also be hosting events for teachers, parents and students in their communities. By…

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