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The consultative type is rare.” Consultation to teachers is generally defined as dealing with a teacher’s hangups, or in Berlin’s words, the task is “to deal with a teacher’s internal obstacles to working with some children and increase the capacity to deal with them.” The flaws, then, are in the teachers themselves, not in the demeaning aspects of their jobs. Small wonder that the teachers look askance at such help. Calling on the psychiatrists is often not even considered as an option by school officials confronted with a Problem that is clearly within their realm. The July 1975 American School Board Journal included an editorial on how to deal with a female student who reveals to a teacher or nurse that she is being sexually abused by her father in the home. The advice given school authorities is to have the nurse or the teacher help the child to reveal the information to her mother and “authorities,” presumably police. The only “expert” mentioned in the editorial is columnist Ann Landers. Help for emotional, damage done to the child, referrals to special agencies offering help in child abuse were not mentioned, except the self-help type such as Parents Anonymous. If teachers have written off the experts, their bosses have not. They have found in them willing allies in their quest for law and order in the schools. Child psychologists and psychiatrists have directed their labors to the identification of various forms of noncompliance in children. There is now a wide range of labels applied to those who do not fit into the mold set by the schools. By naming children “minimally brain damaged,” “learning disabled,” or “emotionally disturbed,” they may be segregated, removed from school, or drugged. Peter Schrag and Diane Divoky in The Myth of the Hyperactive Child and Other Means of Child Control cite the results of court-ordered testing of children in Washington who were segregated into special classes on the basis of some pathological condition. The tests showed that two-thirds of the children had been mislabeled and misplaced in special classes. Studies in Philadelphia and San Francisco produced similar results. IN “SPECIAL” or “regular” classrooms, many children are drugged to make them docile. In The Nation of Nov. 1, Farnum Gray wrote that “between half a million and two million school children in the United States are given daily doses of Ritalin or amphetamines to make their classroom behavior acceptable.” Gray cites research studies which demonstrate that while the drugs do indeed suppress hyperactivity, they also suppress learning. 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