Why are our schools drugging our best and brightest and most energetic kids? It’s time we recognize this as a crisis. School doesn’t need to be reformed, it needs to be completely reimagined for the new digital era.
Drugging children should be a major ethical issue. If many children have to be drugged to sit in a classroom, then maybe there is something fundamentally wrong with school? We take active, playful kids out of a natural environment and we turn them into sedentary adults who sit all day.
Shockingly, ten times more children and teens are obese today than 40 years ago. Nearly three-quarters of American men and more than 60% of women are obese or overweight. Ironically, in the nation where being skinny is most valued.
Without a healthy body, a healthy mind is an elusive thing. Daily exercise is the #1 habit to improve focus, memory, and well-being. So much of the physical and mental illnesses in modern society are caused by a sedentary lifestyle. The act of forcing energetic children to sit and passively watch lectures is setting many of them up for a lifetime of poor health (…will 100% of Americans be overweight in the future?).
Learn more about what’s going on in schools today in this thought-provoking excerpt on Pharmaceutical Drugs in Schools from the documentary The War on Kids.
Many of these ADHD kids being heavily meditated are the future creators, innovators, and dreamers we desperately need to solve the planetary ecological crisis we find ourselves mired in. We already have enough people who can conform and follow instructions and besides, robots and AI are replacing these people at an astonishing rate.
We need creative people that believe in themselves and take action on their ideas. Giving them drugs and telling them they have a brain disorder is not the answer. How many creative, energetic children are being lost in the fog of pharmaceutical drugs?
Here are some educational resources to learn more about this growing problem:
1. The Drugging of the American Boy
“By the time they reach high school, nearly 20 percent of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of those boys will be prescribed a powerful stimulant to “normalize” them.”
2. In Their Own Words: ‘Study Drugs’
“Something inside of me that sparked the drive to be independently successful died, and I swallowed the pills. It’s now my morning cup of coffee, only nobody told me the insidious side effects.”
3. The Drugging Of Our Children
“In children, the long-term effects are often largely unknown, while in the short term, we’ve seen shocking increases in violent and aggressive acts committed by teens taking one or more psychotropic drugs.”
4. Towards a Ban on Psychiatrically Diagnosing and Drugging Children
“Instead of hope and enthusiasm for their futures, too many children now grow up believing they are inherently defective, and controlled by bad genes and biochemical imbalances.”
5. Why Drugging Kids for ADHD Is a Risky Trend
“American kids are now 10, 20, 50 or 90 times more likely to be on prescription psychiatric medications compared with kids in other countries (the rate varies depending on the diagnosis in question).”
Maybe the problem isn’t the children, but the education system itself? As the philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti famously said, “it is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”