Los Angeles How would you like to be forced to take a mind-altering drug on a regular basis because you were not behaving in a way that your parents wanted you to? How would you like to be given a label that could stick with you for life because you wouldnt keep your attention on the subject in class? While you wouldnt stand for this as an adult, every day millions of children in the United States are labeled and given mind-altering drugs to control their behavior. Why do parents let their children be treated in a way they would not allow themselves to be?
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in February revealed an alarming rise in such use of powerful mood-altering psychotropic drugs among children ages 2 to 6. Yet, according to Dr. Fred A. Baughman, Jr., a child neurologist, The fundamental flaw here is that ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder, one of the labels given children) has never been proven to be a disease, or anything physical or biological. Dr. Baughman, a neurologist for over 35 years states that these children being drugged are normal and have no disease.
According to a recent survey by Applied Scholastics, a non-profit educational organization, what 83 percent of parents really want is for their children to be able to think for themselves. So the real problem of child behavior is not how to control them like a dog, but how to direct your childs own desires toward constructive learning.
One such person who has been teaching parents to do just that is a professor of education in Texas, Caroline Kyhl, Ph.D. A teacher of teachers, she does workshops to parents on the missing ingredients in educationlearning how to learn.
Dr. Kyhl expounds a philosophy that if a child is interested in learning and interested in life, then behavior problems slip away. The real problems with behavior come when a child hits a barrier to learning, causing a variety of mental and physical phenomena often mistaken for symptoms of learning disorders. Instead of labeling the child, Dr. Kyhl recommends locating the specific barrier to learning and helping the child overcome it. Dr. Kyhl says this is easily done with Study Technology, developed by author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. As long ago as 1938, L. Ron Hubbard recognized the problems of American education systems when he wrote, It is appalling how education tries to reduce all children to the same level mentality. There are just as many degrees and kinds of intelligence as there are children. He recognized that learning was not a matter of parroting facts and found solutions to the problems of education and his methods are now in use by more than 33,000 teachers in 58 countries, to the benefit of some 20 million students.
In a new book published by Effective Publishing entitled Learning How to Learn, based on Mr. Hubbards works, this Study Technology is explained at a level that children can easily understand and apply themselves. According to educational author and magazine editor-in chief, Bernard Percy, This book teaches the child to think for him or herself. It can literally save a life, not only the childs but the parents as well. I have been a teacher in New York City public schools, I have taught in private schools and I have raised three children of my own. If you know how to learn, you can achieve success in life. Its as simple as that.
One of the major changes as a result of using Learning How to Learn, according to a survey of teachers who applied Study Technology in a summer program in Louisiana, is no discipline problems. The children stay interested in the subjects they are learning because they now know what to do if they dont understand or just feel their attention wandering.
Applied Scholastics is now offering a chance for parents to learn how to help their child and resolve any behavior problems, without the use of drugs or punishment.