Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Protests re Psych Screening

Some letters to the local paper in Illinois re the legislation to mandate compulsory mental health screening of school children.
Monday, June 13, 2005

The Illinois Legislature ought to have their own heads subjected to adolescent mental health screening for even considering passing such legislation [LEADER EXCLUSIVE: Indiana family sues high school over non-consensual adolescent mental health screening (June 10, 2005)].

If there is anything more dangerous than having the government put such a program in place, I don't know what it might be--except for the so-called sex education classes that are little more than promotion of the dangerous homosexual practices in the gay/lesbian community.

Labeling our young children in ways that will inevitably follow them through school and result in their being placed in special education classes where they will learn little that will benefit them when they leave school.

I am more than a little discouraged that our school age children are increasingly subjected to government programs that detract from the real purpose of education: preparing our children to have happy, productive lives after graduation. Can't we get back to an education that leaves our children reasonably proficient in English, History and Math rather than being highly proficient in diversity, homosexual practices, and the superiority of almost any third world nation to our own country?

I am, as usual, disgusted at the tragic state of American education--and now they want to label first graders as somehow psychologically unsound.

What a farce the American classroom has become!
Jack Kime
Maryville
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Ronald Reagan, our beloved "Gipper", said it best, "The most frightening words in the English language; I'm from the Government and I'm here to help you."

Those who are convinced that they were placed on Earth to properly instruct and guide the remainder of us dummies are at it again. Never mind a "label" that may cripple a youngster for the remainder of his life, the important part is that the kid was screwed up with the best of intentions. Mental Health screening might be much more usefully employed on these people who come up with these brainstorms; it is obvious that they have far too much time on their hands and too little regard for those of us who are paying the bills.

What is needed, and at the earliest opportunity, is a bill to rescind this piece of legislative claptrap. In today's Chicago Sun-Times, Mayor Richard M. Daley tried to "celebrate" the fact that 43.7% of Chicago elementary school students can read at their grade level. There is no doubt in my mind where the mental health screening is most needed and it ain't the kids.

Joseph Volpendesta
Beach Park
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When the subject of mental health screenings in Illinois schools came up some time ago, I couldn't believe what I was reading. I wasn't sure exactly what I could do about it.

And while I hoped no law would be passed making the exams mandatory, I decided to take the precaution of instructing both of my children, one 13 and the other 12, that they were not to submit to any such examination. I told them to refuse if asked, to have the school call me if that wasn't good enough and I would come down there and deal with the officials in person.

Do the big drug companies have so much power? Why else would this be happening? It looks like a way to make more young people dependent on prescription drugs earlier in life when all they really need is to deal with growing up, just like we all did before there was a drug for every ailment and new ailment to justify even more new drugs.
Dennis L. McLouth
Roseville

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