Re: The Myth of the ADD Child

Gayle Remisch (
Thu, 26 Mar 1998 00:47:26 -0500

I too heard Dr. Peter Breggin at SepCon96, along with Jerry Mintz.

I agree wholeheartedly with what Jerry mentioned and have the tapes as
well. (btw, Jerry, I loved your nieces book...I recommend it to many
hs'ing kids I know)

Dr. Breggin inspired me to check out the situation here in Canada...we
have that same ludicrous methods of drugging children for our own
benefit...not theirs. In his book "The War Against Children: How the
Drugs, Programs and Theories of the Psychiatric Establishment are
threatening America's children with a medical 'cure' for violence."
he mentions alarming and misleading lists of criteria for diagnosing ADD
and ADHD children from the American Psychiatric Association.

You may find his site: helpful.

Also, there was an excellent interview article with Dr. T. Armstrong in
Home Education Magazine Vol.13 No.6 Nov./Dec. 1996 issue which includes
an excellent piece by Nancy Winningham on "Why Learning Disabilities
Don't Occur in Homeschools".

Another couple of items of interest are:

Hope you find these helpful,

Yours truly,
Gayle Remisch
Principal, Banyan Tree Free School
131 High St., London, Ontario, Canada
N6C 4K3

"It is in fact nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of
instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of
inquiry; for this delicate little plant aside from stimulation, stands
mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wreck and ruin
without fail. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of
seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of
duty. To the contrary, I believe that it would be possible to rob even
a healthy beast of pray of its voratiousness, if it were possible, with
the aid of a whip, to force the beast to devour continuously, even when
not hungry, especially if the food, handed out under such coercion, were
to be selected accordingly." Albert Einstein