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Posted: Oct 23, 2007 14:36

OCTOBER 2007

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SOCIETY IS SOLVING THE "BOY PROBLEM"
(July 26, 2007) David von Drehle writes in TIME Magazine that the steady decrease in the performance of boys written about extensively in past years has leveled off and the situation is improving as multitudes of adults throughout society are re-learning ways to engage boys in modern society with what they need to grow up - activity, competition, experimentation and belong.

OBJECTIONS TO PUBLIC SCHOOL SHOCK TREATMENT
(August 20, 2007) Mother Jones magazine reports on controversies regarding the tax-payer funded Judge Rotenberg Center in Massachusetts that uses electric shock treatment for autistic, mentally retarded and emotionally disturbed kids. The critics claim the treatment is "inhumane." More...

UK STUDENTS GIVEN SOFT COURSES TO RAISE GRADES
(August 22, 2007) The Tory Shadow Government claims students are being steered to "soft" courses to make grade achievement look better.

TEXAS SCHOOLS TO PAY
(August 25, 2007) According to the Dallas Morning News, a judge ruled the Richardson Independent School District failed to provide an appropriate education, as required by federal disability law, for a student with severe disorders. The judge ordered the Texas school to pay for the girl's special needs program.

AUDITORS GIVE HIGH MARKS FOR INDIANA BOOT CAMP
(August 28, 2007) Auditors gave high marks in an independent analysis of Camp Summit, an Indiana Boot Camp, for positive attitudes, cleanliness and following policies and procedures. More...

A CRITICISM OF TEENSCREEN
(September 2007) Michael F. Shaughnessy, a senior columnist for EdNews.org interviewed writer, parent and researcher Doyle Mills about TeenScreen, a frequently used system to screen adolescents for tendencies toward suicide and serious acting out. The major criticism is it has no scientific validity, mostly creates paying clients for the Mental Health Industry, and violates parental informed consent laws.

BIPOLAR ILLNESS SOARS AS A DIAGNOSIS FOR THE YOUNG
(September 4, 2007) The New York Times reported a study of National Center for Health Statistics survey of office visits concluded that the number of American children and adolescent treated for bipolar disorder increase 40-fold from 1994 to 2003.

YOUTH SUICIDE INCREASE AS ANTIDEPRESANT USE DECREASES
(September 6, 2007) A new federal study has found the increase in youth suicides seems to correlate with decreased use of anti-depressant medications. More...

CHILD BIPOLAR DIAGNOSIS INCREASES 40-FOLD
(September 16, 2007) Studies showing that bipolar diagnosis has increased 40 times in youth younger than 18 since 1994 are followed by arguments that it has become a fad on one side, as opposed to claims that children are finally getting needed treatment. More...

PARENTS IN SCOTLAND PLAN SCHOOL FOR AUTISTIC
(September 17, 2007) The Herald, in Scotland, reports a group of parents are playing to start an independent school for autistic children using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) because mainstreaming children has had problems and they feel there is no school available that is suitable for their children.




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