1. There is science…and then there is science. David Gross, particle physicist, once proclaimed ‘Physics is the Queen of Science.’ Most agree, due to the special language it speaks, mathematics, and the nature of the questions with which it deals. a. Then there is Economics…called the “Dismal Science,” thought to be with respect to Malthus’ prediction of worldwide starvation. b. In the early 19th century an article referred to boxing as ““Sweet Science of Bruising,” c. Then, there is what is often called “The Soft Science….Psychology.” “In a soft science, it turns out that every person is different and every situation is different, and even if you have general guidelines which describe how things happen…the predictions are not precise and do not apply in all situations.” Why is psychology a soft science 2. Once we agree that psychology hardly fits a definition of 'science,' shouldn’t we ask why such a hit-or –miss , slapdash jumble of theories and procedures has such an inordinate authority over children? a. “Then we had a whole new generation of medicines, like Prozac and Luvox and Zoloft, and they worked. And then we had a whole group of psychologists who came up with talk therapies that were very effective in treating these disorders….There are reports that the use of psychotropic medications has increased 700 percent in ten years…. "Is your child getting medicine?" . . . More and more, doctors were being asked to say, "We can only approve therapy sessions if you've also given a trial of medicine." Or parents were being told, "We can only give therapy if the child is also getting medicine." The Ritalin Explosion | PBS - Medicating Kids | FRONTLINE | PBS 3. There are short, simple answers to why and how these “scientists” assumed control over our children….but the truth is part of a much larger picture. A major impetus of Progressive ideology was a belief in a new branch of government, peopled by ‘nonpartisan’ experts and bureaucrats….and the school system is a branch of government. And guess who rules the school system: Progressives. a. Frank Goodnow, a president of Johns Hopkins University, pioneered with Woodrow Wilson a science of administration separated from the limits of constitutional government. The Progressives envision an ‘Administrative State’ that moves to solve social ills as they develop by expanding through the addition of unelected bureaucrats, czars, commissions and ‘experts,’ a la the European type of government. The Birth of the Administrative State: Where It Came From and What It Means for Limited Government 4. Now for the dénouement: “In mass shootings involving guns and mind-altering medications, politicians immediately seek to blame guns but never the medication. Nearly every mass shooting that has taken place in America over the last two decades has a link to psychiatric medication, and it appears today's tragic event is headed in the same direction. According to ABC News, Adam Lanza, the alleged shooter, has been labeled as having “mental illness” and a “personality disorder.” These are precisely the words typically heard in a person who is being “treated” with mind-altering psychiatric drugs…. The Columbine High School shooters were, of course, on psychiatric drugs… One of the most common side effects of psychiatric drugs is violent outbursts and thoughts of suicide…. We should be outlawing psychiatric medications, not an inanimate piece of metal.” Gun control? We need medication control! Newton elementary school shooter Adam Lanza likely on meds; labeled as having 'personality disorder' Again? "...politicians immediately seek to blame guns but never the medication. Nearly every mass shooting that has taken place in America over the last two decades has a link to psychiatric medication,..." 5. No…NOT guns…..rather, a philosophy that anoints some with an undeserved authority, and with disastrous results. Psychologists...and psychotropic drugs.