Jul 16, 2018
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Video Interview – Dangers of School-based Mental Screening

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Randy Osborne of Florida Government Watch did a second interview of Dr. Effrem regarding the dangers of school mental health screening which was also covered during the July 11th School Safety Commission meeting. None of the problems of inaccuracy, privacy invasion, consent, etc. were discussed by witness, Dr. Mark Olfson, the director of the failed TeenScreen program at Columbia University that shut down in 2012 without explanation after a school was sued for screening a teenager without parental consent. Dr. Effrem was an expert witness in that case.

The Co-director of TeenScreen, Dr. David Schaffer, admitted that TeenScreen has a false positive rate of 84%. Many of the other screening instruments have similarly and ridiculously poor accuracy rates. These screening instruments lead to rampant overprescribing of psychiatric medications that have dangerous and sometimes fatal side effects, including suicide and murderous rampages. It is extremely disturbing that there was no countervailing information presented at the commission meeting.

 

 

Jul 16, 2018
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Video Interview – The Connection between Psychiatric Drugs and School Shootings No One wants to Talk About.

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Thanks to Randy Osborne of Florida Government Watch for his excellent interview of Dr. Effrem on the dangerous connection between the rampant over-medicating of our youth and the increase in school and other mass shootings.

It is especially pertinent because this connection was severely and incorrectly minimized during the federal School Safety Commission meeting on July 11th.

 

Jul 13, 2018

The National Pulse – Congress Keeps Adding to the Education Swamp with Budget Increases

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In this article, Dr. Effrem discusses the inability of congress to follow President Trump’s plan to downsize the Federal Department of Education and the statistics involved.

Although not surprising in an election year, congressional appropriators — who are generally not known for their political courage — are not doing anything to drain the putrid, unconstitutional swamp that is the U.S. Department of Education and its related programs. Both the full House and Senate Appropriations Committees have completed their Labor/HHS/Education appropriations bills for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 that will begin October 1st.

Below is a detailed breakdown of the spending amounts for each of these programs, listed in millions of dollars.

 

PROGRAM FY ’18 ENACTED FY ’19 HOUSE Committee FY ’19 SENATE Committee FY ’19 WHITE HOUSE Proposed HOUSE ’19 vs. WHITE HOUSE HOUSE ’19 vs. ENACTED ’18 SENATE ’19 vs. WHITE HOUSE SENATE ’19 vs. ENACTED ’18
Title I for Disadvantaged Children $16,443.8 $16,443.8 $16,568.8 15,926.8 +$517 $0 +$642 +$125
Student Support & Academic Enrichment (Including MH/SEL) $1,100 $1,200 $1,225 $0 +$1,200 +$100 +$1,225 +$125
21st Century Learning Centers $1,211.7 $1,211.7 $1,211.7 $0 +$1,211.7 $0 +$1,211.7 $0
Full Service Community Schools $17.5 $17.5 $17.5 $0 +$17.5 $0 +$17.5 $0
Institute for Education Sciences (Data Mining) $613.5 $613.5 $615.5 $521.6 +$91.9 $0 +$93.9 +$2
Head Start $9,913 $9,963 $10,163 $9,275 +$638 +$50 +$888 +$250
Preschool Dev. Grants $250 $250 $250 $0 +$250 $0 +$250 $0
Primary Health Care (Including Home Visits) $1,626 $1,526 $1,526 $5,091 -$3,565 -$100 -$3,565 -$100
State Assessments $378 $378 $378 $369 $9 $0 $9 $0
Charter Schools $400 $450 $445 $500 -$50 +$50 -$45 +$45

 

You can find the full article on the National Pulse website here.

 

National Pulse – Should Trump Merge the Education and Labor Departments? Grassroots Say No.

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In this article, Dr. Effrem discusses the proposal by the Trump administration to merge the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education.

While certainly not every student is meant to go to college, this plan appears to be a strong move away from academic education towards the philosophy that education is mere workforce preparation — and in which children are seen as “products” (as termed by former Secretary of State and Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson) or links in the labor supply chain. This philosophy and system has failed everywhere it has been tried.

One important American example is the Smaller Learning Community program, a Gates Foundation effort to track children into specific types of jobs-based education as early as 8th grade that was attempted before moving into the Race to the Top and Common Core effort. The Gates Foundation admitted in 2009 that this program, upon which the foundation spent at least $650 million, was a failure.​ And like Common Core, the teacher quality initiative, and many other Gates education efforts, it was a failure that had great taxpayer financial and human costs — though this has done little to deter the government’s latest attempt to resurrect the idea.

To see the full article click here.

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