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Bonnie McGuire

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May 3, 2013
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When did we stop teaching self-discipline, good citizenship?

If you live long enough, pay attention and remember the good ol’ days, you’ll notice the deception peddled about guns and mass shootings. Scientists, religions and farmers know about cause and effect. You plant a particular seed (or deed), and when it matures, you’ll either enjoy or hate its product.

During the Vietnam War, a friend and I attended a local Parent Teacher Association meeting at Hennessy School. The guest speaker had attended a world gathering of psychiatrists in Russia, the world’s authority. The doctor showed us photos of her experience. Amid the awes of admiration, my friend and I glanced at each other in disbelief. According to the doctor, any child or parent who expressed a viewpoint contrary to what the Russian government taught was taken to the mental hospital to re-adjust their thinking.

Our children’s high school teacher told me teachers were not allowed to moralize. Yet I remembered being rewarded for good citizenship in school. If society is “demoralized,” what’s next?

During our grandchildren’s era, instead of being able to discipline bored, hyperactive children in school, the government paid schools $420 for every child they recommended be treated with the drug Ritalin (methylphenidate). It stimulates the central nervous system — similar to amphetamines in the nature and duration of its effects. Many doctors didn’t approve of chemically altering developing brains. Discipline was better. Some youths on the Ritalin committed suicide, while many tried other drugs, seeking happiness with their uncontrollable mental problems. During 1965, many magazines and television programs like “60 Minutes” documented education’s drugging mostly boys, who were naturally more rambunctious. The Wall Street Journal (May 2, 1997) published “Boys Used to Be Boys, But Do Some Now See Boyhood as a Malady?” By contrast, nature regards energetic males as future leaders — now being converted to psychotic drug addicts coping with mental disorders.

One evening a group of us were attending a lecture by the administrator of Juvenile Hall. He said that most of the inmates had never been taught any self-discipline or been given chores to do at home. Mentally, they were like wobbling wheels that eventually fly apart from the lack of discipline. When they got to Juvie, they had to make their own bed on the road back to good mental health.

When a friend and I attended the State Board of Education meeting deciding what books to purchase for schools, we witnessed an elderly teacher who did her homework. She advised the board not to purchase the books because they incited disrespect for authority, and eventually teachers might have to lock their classrooms and schools hire policemen. The media people and board acted like she was a joke.

A few years later, violence erupted in schools. Gary Kane (Cox News Service, Jan. 8, 1997) wrote “Rising Use of Ritalin on Teens Sinks Plans for Military Career.” The Columbine shooter (April 20, 1999) wanted to go into the military and became angry when he learned they wouldn’t take anyone who had ever been on Ritalin. Shooter Eric Harris was taking Luvox at the time of his rampage. Luvox manufacturer Solvay Pharmaceuticals concedes that controlled clinical trials of children and youth taking Luvox showed one in 25 developed mania, a violence-prone mental derangement characterized by extreme excitement and delusion. Many psychiatric drugs cause brain storms that push people into suicide and homicide. Drugs like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Ritalin are causing some people to go crazy and kill. Research shows that most mass shooters began on Ritalin and graduated to other drugs. Adam Lanza of the Sandy Hook shooting is alleged to have suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome, used medication from a young age, and was an avid video gamer who played “Call of Duty,” a first-person shooter game. Lanza’s suspected medication was Fanapt, a controversial anti-psychotic medicine.

Looking back at last century, you can see the effect of demoralizing and drugging children instead of teaching them self-discipline and good citizenship has created most of today’s societal problems. The father of psychology (Sigmund Freud) wrote that individuals and nations achieve greatness by exercising self-discipline, and self-destruct from lack of it. So from the beginning (cause) to the violent present evolved into what that dear elderly teacher predicted. Bible history predicts that “fear of God is the beginning of wisdom … for when he who restrains is removed, the one of iniquity is revealed.” Man now thinks he can do whatever he wants without consequences.

Bonnie McGuire lives in Nevada City.

Looking back at last century, you can see the effect of demoralizing and drugging children instead of teaching them self-discipline and good citizenship has created most of today’s societal problems.


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