HOME SCHOOL CURED ADHD!

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Our family recently made a decision to home school our children. For years we have struggled with public school and the lack of success our Daughter was having within the system. She was getting behind on a regular basis. She had no interesting in learning and often lamented that she felt dumb or stupid for not understanding what was being taught.  She would often have temper tantrums over homework and was frustrated because her homework was much more than her class mates because she could never seem to get the work done on time in the classroom.

We have been told many times that we should have our daughter assessed for some kind of mental disability that prevents her from learning in the pre-determined state approved format and classrooms because of these struggles. A school Doctor came in and had her “assessed” only to tell me that she had a learning disability but could not say what that was even. He was not a psychiatrist just some kind of learning psychologist or counselor of some kind so he did not use the DSM of mental disorders to diagnosis her. The funny thing was when I reviewed the material with her at home she came to understand it quite clearly and well. In fact nearly perfectly every time but in the classroom all that understanding seemed to disappear only to be replaced with failure after failure to demonstrate her understanding. In fact when I questioned him along with the school principal and her teacher they defaulted to the fact that she has a “learning disability” which they could not even explain to me themselves. Never at any point was the learning environment and methods questioned. Never did they suggest or even investigate if the learning environment somehow contributed to her lack of learning ability they stated she has.

I have written in the past on numerous occasions why I will not take my kids to a psychiatrist to be diagnosed. I refuse to subject my children to the drugs and medial profession that caused so much harm to me as a child. If you were to look at the DSM, the bible of psychiatry for medical diagnosis my daughter would fit the ADHD description perfectly. The DSM defines ADHD with at least 6 of these symptoms for attention deficit and 6 of these symptoms for hyperactivity. In bold are behaviors that my daughter has demonstrated and matches. Even my 5-year-old exhibits some of these “symptoms”

ATTENTION DEFICIT

  • Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or with other activities.
  • Often has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities.
  • Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
  • Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (e.g., loses focus, side-tracked).
  • Often has trouble organizing tasks and activities.
  • Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to do tasks that require mental effort over a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
  • Often loses things necessary for tasks and activities (e.g. school materials, pencils, books, tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, mobile telephones).
  • Is often easily distracted
  • Is often forgetful in daily activities.

HYPER ACTIVITY

  • Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat.
  • Often leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected.
  • Often runs about or climbs in situations where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may be limited to feeling restless).
  • Often unable to play or take part in leisure activities quietly.
  • Is often “on the go” acting as if “driven by a motor”.
  • Often talks excessively.
  • Often blurts out an answer before a question has been completed.
  • Often has trouble waiting his/her turn.
  • Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games)

With that these conditions must be met

  • Several inattentive or hyperactive-impulsive symptoms were present before age 12 years.
  • Several symptoms are present in two or more setting, (e.g., at home, school or work; with friends or relatives; in other activities).
  • There is clear evidence that the symptoms interfere with, or reduce the quality of, social, school, or work functioning.
  • The symptoms do not happen only during the course of schizophrenia or another psychotic disorder. The symptoms are not better explained by another mental disorder (e.g. Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Dissociative Disorder, or a Personality Disorder).

If you take some time to actually read the symptoms of this feigned mental disease of the mind, you will see that in fact it describes in reality, normal and even expected childhood behaviors. I have yet to meet a child that did not exhibit all of these behaviors at some point. I can assure you my children are not the only children I have met.

So as to the question you might be asking is how has home school cured ADHD. Well first off my daughter does not have ADHD because it does not exist. It is about as real as unicorns and dragons. Imaginary illness dreamed up by big pharmaceutical companies so they can sell more drugs. You see with mental illness there is no medical test that can be performed to confirm the diagnosis. It is simply observation of behaviors and an associated drug to change said behavior with devastating consequences of chemical manipulation of your brain and body, which of course lead to more drugs to treat the problems the first drugs gave you. It’s win win win for big pharma and lose lose lose for their victim.

After we took our daughter out of public school to focus her education in a way that works for her and took back control of her education something amazing happened. Her behavioral outburst has become much less often. She is more focused on learning and even going out of her way to pick up her material to do her work. She is more focused and even happy about learning.

She is getting enough sleep and as a result has been happier and much more cooperative. She listens more and does her chores while still reluctantly, with a lot less arguing and fighting. Not only that she has been more effective at doing the tasks assigned to her and done a better job with them as well.

She is happier, more productive and cooperative, more focused and able to actually learn. Her school work has gone from being low 50% correct answers to 80% plus correct with those things she gets wrong relatively minor. She is starting to enjoy reading and writing and even going out of her way to do so while before she hated it and often would get angry and frustrated when I asked her to do so.

We have only been homeschooling for 2 months now but the change in her overall behavior, school work and other aspects has been tremendous. If I had known 12 years ago what I know now I would never have put my daughter in public school to begin with.

The public system has become toxic to childhood learning development, at least in the case of my daughter.

Despite all the opposition I have received from family and Friends and acquaintances in our decision to home school the results in just this short-term have proven that this so far was the right decision. we are so blessed to be in a country where we can legally home school our kids and take back control of their education. With so much resource material and curriculum published online for their grade levels. home schooling is easier than ever. There are so many social groups and home school groups that give near limitless opportunity to ensure our kids are not only learning effectively but are still able to make friends and socialize with kids of all ages without the restrains of a boxed classroom environment.

I will add that public school has had tremendous benefit in that it has helped to ensure a more highly educated population, and now that we have so much material and understanding and resources parents can now educate their children to the same level or higher than the public school offers. Public school has taught parents how to provide a better education to their kids. Sadly however it has become a state controlled environment that lacks in flexibility, is underfunded and tries to force conformity with little to no accountability to parents for children’s failings. When a child fails in public school the parents tend to take the blame for not working with their kids to help them succeed, when they succeed the school sits back to take all the glory and praise for that success.

Public school has acted as a stepping stone for parents to bring their children to a higher level of education. It has helped build a society that is literate and well educated, Where as before only the elite were able to access education and literacy.  Because of This, parents, after generations of public school as the primary form of education in society, can now take back control of children’s education and continue to provide that high quality education without the help of the government and we can continue to advance society while catering to each child’s unique learning style one on one. Simply put I have come to believe that public education has run it course of usefulness and is no longer needed.

Sometimes like medicine you have to suffer temporarily to bring about something better. That is what public school has taught me. It is important to learn when it is time to stop taking the medicine of public school before it causes more harm than good.

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I Don’t Want to Help the Middle Class

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With pretty much every election campaign you will hear one common thread or theme from the parties that be. Whether it be Liberal, NDP, Conservative, Green or any other political party. They are all talking about how they are the only party that will really and truly help the middle class. Every one talks about lowering the taxes on the middle class or creating jobs for the middle class, or taxing the rich for the benefit of the middle class. Perhaps raising the min wage for the middle class family.

If we are to believe what these politicians are trying to sell us then the middle class are or at least from what we are told, are very hard done by and really struggling to get by. They seem to have insurmountable debt, struggling just to meet their basic needs with their 2 car garage and 750,000 + dollar mortgage and 2 jobs and all their cell phones and big expensive cable packages and car loans. All these needs are just becoming more and more unreachable and un-affordable for the middle class.

From what we have been told if we want to really help out our economy we need to do more for these poor struggling people who clearly are in desperate need for the help.  I am one of those poor starving middle class people. Or so I should believe from what our politicians keep telling us. Though I barely make enough annually to be considered middle class. My family of 5 however seems to be doing fine with out a lot of what most people perceive to be needs.

The thing is the middle class, while should not be discounted are focused so much on in politics that those that really need help are completely ignored and tossed aside as if they do not matter and they are rarely if ever talked about.

There are 10’s of thousands of families in this country that are really struggling. They must choose each and every month to either pay the rent, or buy food. If you can do both then you are doing better than many. They cannot afford the basic necessities of life. Their circumstances are such that no matter the amount of tax credits, tax benefits or other programs, they simply don’t provide any benefit to help these people out. We are so focused on giving tax breaks to the middle class that the lower class who really need the help are completely ignored.

The only reason this can possible be is because the lower class don’t win elections. The lower class are 2 busy trying to survive and living homeless on the streets to worry about who to vote for. Politicians know this and so don’t bother addressing the needs of the least fortunate among us when it comes to winning elections.

As a Libertarian this complete disregard of the welfare of the least fortunate for selfish interest in getting elected bothers me a great deal. I willingly admit that I am not in any position to help much financially the poor and needy but do what I can when I can. I make just barely enough to provide for my families needs as it is.

Libertarians believe in the principle of voluntarism. Through voluntary efforts of those who can, for those who need it we can do more to relieve the burden of the poor than any government program, that lets face it does nothing for the poor but make them poorer. An example of this is programs like AISH (assured income for the severely handicapped) which punish you for making money. You are capped at a very low amount of extra earnings which if you exceed you lose much more in financial aid effectively keeping you poor and not giving any incentive to make more. These programs often barely pay enough to cover just the rent, let along other necessities. One with a family intensifies this struggle that much more.

The problem here is not that the middle class are so hard done by that they need assistance from our illustrious leaders but that the poor have been locked out of opportunity with burdensome state meddling in out personal lives. High taxes on everything we earn and purchase. Burdensome regulations on how, where, what, to who, and when we can sell the products of our own labor.

Lack of a free market in almost every aspect of our lives and a tax regime locking out opportunity to make better lives for many have cause this hardship. It’s not just taxes and regulations that are problematic but also rules about what we can and cannot partake into our bodies. For example if caught smoking pot or in possession of amounts the state has decided is 2 much you can get a prison sentence and criminal record. As I understand it a significant percentage of drug users are not middle or upper class but lower class people, the homeless and those that are struggling just trying to get away from the awful state of their lives. Giving them criminal records over something they choose to do to themselves makes it that much more difficult to get jobs and gain valuable skills needed to succeed in their future lives and work their way out of the lower class.

So no I do not want to help the middle class. They are for the most part doing just fine. Some living beyond their means but that is a choice they made and must deal with the consequences. I want to help the lower class. I want to make their lives better and move to a society where they really have the opportunity to succeed. I want to end the burdensome regulations, tax regime and intervention in our personal lives that have kept the poor, poor. I want to lift the poor out of their desperate situation and stop giving them criminal records for using something you don’t agree with. (that should be the case regardless of income bracket).

I have come to believe that the only way to truly achieve this is by having a truly free and libertarian society. I do not believe there is any other way. If you really care about people, and the burdens they bare, voting to take from the rich to give to the middle class will in the end help no one. As you work to bring down the rich you don’t raise up the poor or middle class but bring them down with the rich. Stop taxing and regulating people out of their livelihoods is the solution not giving tax breaks to one segment of society to buy votes, which is nothing more than a selfish scheme to win votes.

This is why I am supporting the Libertarian Party of Canada. They are about getting out of the business of governing and back into the business of letting people govern themselves so that they can succeed or fail on their own merits.

By Andrew McLean Posted in Orginals

THE NOT SO SURPRISING, SURPRISE ELECTION RESULT

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I have decided to take a couple of days to let the results of the recent Alberta, Canada Election sink in. On Tuesday May 5th, Karl Marx birthday ironically, Albertan’s for the first time in 44 years have voted for a party other than the Progressive Conservatives and elected a Majority NDP government. The NDP are notoriously left-wing socialist political party. Given I am only in my 30’s This has never happened in my life time before.

Alberta has never in its 110 year history elected a minority government and has a tendency to elect long-term governments. The PC’S were in power for 44 years and social credit for 35 years before them. Previous parties ran the province for 10-12 years each. All with Majority governments. Before I get into my thoughts on a NDP government and conservative loss I will just paint a picture of what our legislature looked like before and after the election.

Before the election the seat distribution looked like this

PC’S = 70 seats

Wild Rose = 8 seats

Liberals = 5 seats

NDP = 4 seats

Total = 87 seats

After Tuesday may 5th Election

NDP = 53 seats

Wild Rose = 20 seats

PC = 11 seats

Liberal = 1 seat

Alberta Party = 1 seat

Total 86 seats with Pending By-Election in Calgary Foothills, former premier Jim Prentice’s Riding.

The NDP have not had a successful long-term government anywhere in Canada and have never formed government on the federal level to my knowledge.  No province has re-elected them to my knowledge more than one term. Provinces that have Elected them have started out as have provinces (meaning they send transfer payments as a form of provincial welfare to other provinces) to have not provinces (recipients of transfer payments). This happened in Ontario under Bob Rae. This is a historical election that will have and has had ripple effects across the country. This new government will have impacts across north America.

Alberta is a major energy sector employer and is one of the largest oil deposits on the planet with an estimated 1.7 trillion barrels of oil. The energy sector in Alberta is the single largest supplier of oil and gas to the U.S. for all intents and purposes the U.S. is effectively our only customer for Alberta oil. This change in government to left-wing, socialist anti-oil NDP should worry anyone whose job or energy needs are supplied by Alberta Oil. In other words anyone who lives in North America.

Now I am all for change, it was desperately needed in Alberta. The PC’S wildly intoxicated oil spending and fiscal mismanagement combined with their culture of entitlement and corruption need to be voted out. The positive I see in all of this is that the PC’S are no longer in charge of Alberta’s economy. The people have spoken and have made it clear that they no longer trust the PC’s. They have been sent back to a 3rd place party in the Alberta legislature.

The Wild Rose failed to bring anything to the table other than “we won’t raise your taxes” mantra. Brian Jean sadly was uninspiring at best. Rachel Notley however ran a campaign of hope for Albertan’s and they have responded by electing them to a majority government.

Whether this is good for Alberta and the rest of Canada or not remains to be seen but I am not holding my breath. While I am concerned about what the NDP will do while governing Alberta I must confess that I really don’t see any other parties that would honestly be any better than the NDP. On Facebook I encouraged my friends to either refuse their ballot or vote Wild Rose. Mainly because they are the most libertarian party in Alberta when it comes to their principles and positions on different issues. When it comes to political parties they all tend to be the same. If not at first they all end up on the same page and the bickering between them tends to be petty issues at best or disagreement on how to implement the same programs at best. As an example of this, not one political party in Alberta is willing to introduce private for profit health care as an alternative to public health care, however they spend a lot of time talking about how to keep socialized health care and improve the service without any meaningful changes. Every party talks about creating jobs and helping the “middle class” while spending time bickering over how to do just that.

Socialism is not the answer to our economic woes but smart fiscal management, low if any taxes at all and investment in our future. The best social program is a job, not welfare. Yet we have consistently in government both provincial and federally this idea that only the government can provide services and Jobs. The NDP would do so through socialism and welfare while the Wild rose would do so via the illusion of more free markets and competition. No political party in Alberta will be willing to implement this as the only viable option to the issues that plague our economy and society. It seems that the powers that be have this idea that only they can solve our problems by getting more involved instead of stepping aside and letting the market sort itself out. Persistent meddling in our personal and public lives has led to this situation that we are in now.

I wish that I could say that I have faith that the NDP will turn Alberta’s economic woes. I expect taxes will go up, and people will suffer. The PC’S plan would have increased taxes to support their wild spending and entitlement culture. The Wild Rose said they would not up your taxes but certainly had no plan to stop taking all the taxes the previous government was taking. They state they would reduce government cost by natural churn in the public sector but I felt that they did not have a solid plan to address the root problems that created the situation we have now.

When all is said and done the PC entitlement and corruption will have to be paid for by hard-working Albertan’s. The NDP have a lot of work to do to truly earn the people of Alberta’s trust if they hope to have a second government. This vote, if anything was a protest vote designed to send the PC’s a message that their corruption will no longer be tolerated.

In the aftermath of the vote Jim Prentice stepped down and resigned forcing a by-election in the riding he was elected in. He has come under much criticisms in the media for this, and I believe rightfully so as we just had an election and forcing a by-election is just one more added cost to Albertan’s in a province struggling to find more sources of revenues with a deficit in the billions. His choice to step down as leader of the PC Party of Alberta was the right thing to do. The PC’S have been decimated and rightfully so. Now Albertan’s must place their hope in the NDP government that has been elected to do the right thing and not make things worse for Albertan’s.

The final effects of this change remain to be seen . If premier elect Rachel Notley is smart, she will govern from a center position instead of extreme left that the NDP are famous for. Otherwise I hope that the NDP will be Alberta’s first one term government. We will just have to wait and see what the next 4 years hold for Alberta and whether they will have earned another shot at being the party in charge in 2019.