Saturday, January 26, 2008

Mental Health

Here's piece about the Matthew Israel school system. He works out of Massachusetts, treating kids with ADD, autism, and mental retardation with a systematic use of fear, paranoia, and unannounced electroshock therapy. The kids live in fear, not getting better because of any understanding of their specific issues, but adjusting their behaviors because they learn to associate those "bad" behaviors with pain. It's a lot like training a dog, when you think about it. Parents and the state have tried to shut him down time and again but other parents, without recourse for their troubled and often self-injurous kids, praise his methods.

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