Some of us have been saying this for a long time. But this guy is recognized as a world-leading expert in the field. Check it out.
As women continue to scream about ‘toxic masculinity’, the debunked ‘gender pay gap’, and demanding even more equality without explaining which rights they don’t have that men do have — men are being sidelined.
They are sidelined in the workplace with quotas, they are sidelined when someone wears a ‘The Future is Female’ shirt, they are sidelined in lower university acceptance rates, and they are sidelined in the classrooms early where teaching styles tilt heavily towards girl-friendly learning — sitting still, collaborative learning, and consensus rather than activity, individual achievement, and competition.
There is a war against masculinity, and boys are in the crosshairs.
As a mother of boys this concerns me greatly.
Watch as Doug drops some truth into the ‘toxic masculinity’ bullcrap:
Right on, Doug!
Jerome Kagan is one of the world’s leading experts in child psychology. He has been a researcher into developmental psychology at Harvard University for his entire professional career. He is the Daniel and Amy Starch Research Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at Harvard University, and co-faculty at the New England Complex Systems Institute, as well as a key pioneer in developmental psychology.
When you say ‘well-respected’ with regard to Kagan, you ain’t kidding.
He’s ranked higher than some of the superstars in the field.
A ranking of the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th century published by a group of US academics in 2002 put Kagan in 22nd place, even above Carl Jung (23rd), the founder of analytical psychology, and Ivan Pavlov (24th), who discovered the reflex bearing his name.
Kagan was interviewed by Spiegle and right off the bat spoke about ADHD:
SPIEGEL: … you could also say skyrocketed. In the 1960s, mental disorders were virtually unknown among children. Today, official sources claim that one child in eight in the United States is mentally ill.
Kagan: That’s true, but it is primarily due to fuzzy diagnostic practices. Let’s go back 50 years. We have a 7-year-old child who is bored in school and disrupts classes. Back then, he was called lazy. Today, he is said to suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). That’s why the numbers have soared.
SPIEGEL: Experts speak of 5.4 million American children who display the symptoms typical of ADHD. Are you saying that this mental disorder is just an invention?
Kagan: That’s correct; it is an invention. Every child who’s not doing well in school is sent to see a pediatrician, and the pediatrician says: “It’s ADHD; here’s Ritalin.” In fact, 90 percent of these 5.4 million kids don’t have an abnormal dopamine metabolism. The problem is, if a drug is available to doctors, they’ll make the corresponding diagnosis.
Kagan was asked if the ‘mental health crisis’ among children was a ‘bugaboo’ — here is his response:
Kagan: We could get philosophical and ask ourselves: “What does mental illness mean?” If you do interviews with children and adolescents aged 12 to 19, then 40 percent can be categorized as anxious or depressed. But if you take a closer look and ask how many of them are seriously impaired by this, the number shrinks to 8 percent. Describing every child who is depressed or anxious as being mentally ill is ridiculous. Adolescents are anxious, that’s normal. They don’t know what college to go to. Their boyfriend or girlfriend just stood them up. Being sad or anxious is just as much a part of life as anger or sexual frustration.
SPIEGEL: What does it mean if millions of American children are wrongly being declared mentally ill?
Kagan: Well, most of all, it means more money for the pharmaceutical industry and more money for psychiatrists and people doing research.
Folks are lining their pockets by diagnosing children as ‘mentally ill’ and shoving medication at them.
But what does this mean for these kids that are being diagnosed? Kagan said that it is devastating.
Kagan: For them, it is a sign that something is wrong with them — and that can be debilitating. I’m not the only psychologist to say this. But we’re up against an enormously powerful alliance: pharmaceutical companies that are making billions, and a profession that is self-interested.
Kagan even gives his own ‘prescription’ for kids that have been diagnosed as ADHD.
SPIEGEL: It’s not entirely harmless either, though. After all, children with this diagnosis [bipolar disorder] are being subjected to a systematic change in their brain chemistry through psychoactive substances.
Kagan: I share your unhappiness. But that is the history of humanity: Those in authority believe they’re doing the right thing, and they harm those who have no power.
SPIEGEL: That sounds very cynical. Are there any alternatives to giving psychoactive drugs to children with behavioral abnormalities?
Kagan: Certainly. Tutoring, for example. Who’s being diagnosed with ADHD? Children who aren’t doing well in school. It never happens to children who are doing well in school. So what about tutoring instead of pills?
Do you know what else they could try?
An ‘Old School’ remedy.
Let your kids be kids!
Give them lots of fresh air and a place to run and play outside to burn off their energy instead of plunking them down in front of screens for hours on end.
They’ll be happier, and as an added bonus, they’ll probably be able to focus better at school.
by Doug Giles
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