Childless Adults, Unsurprisingly, Don't Understand ChildrenThe Santa Cruz family court relies heavily on a psychologist that my readers call Dr. Gay. He has no kids and no experience with kids. That would not necessarily disqualify him, if he restricted his testimony to his areas of expertise. But he never even took any classes in child development when he was in school, and his reports show no trace of having any expertise on the subject at all. I have had 14-year-old babysitters who understand kids better than Dr. Gay.
By now, every child in the United States except for two in Minnesota and one in New Jersey has been delcared to suffer from "ADHD" or "bipolar disorder." They're required to take expensive medications, be monitored by a slew of doctors, lawyers, social workers and other helpers, and now have a handy excuse for why they're getting bad grades or into trouble.
In America's courtrooms, these diagnoses are treated as holy writ. I've never heard a lawyer or a judge question any of this. And on the strength of these claims, planets must be moved and fortunes spent to accommodate the "special needs." Sprawling industries are nurtured.
Once upon a time, of course, we simply said that kids were rambunctious or had ups and downs. By the onset of adulthood, these things had calmed down. All perfectly normal.
Mrs. Anonymous Attorney observed the other night, however, that many of the adults who today make these diagnoses do not have children of their own: the legions of (usually white) female lawyers who, despite working as "guardian at litem" or for the Youth Services Department, are childless, the male social worker who's unmarried and childless, the psychologists and psychiatrists who have no children, etc.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Why kids get drugged
An anonymous attorney writes: