Making Human Rights a Fact
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights recognized three acclaimed educators
at its annual awards banquet in Clearwater.
Clockwise from left: Beverly Eakman, educator and author;
Dr. Samuel Bluemfeld...
... leading authority and author on teaching reading; and Charles Richardson,
founding trustee of the Reading Reform Foundation of New York were awarded for
their action to rid schools of failed psychological programs and psychiatric drugs,
and to return education to its purpose of helping our future leaders to learn.
Citizen's Commision on Human Rights honors educators
When talk turns to violations of human rights, one would normally expect a
discussion of events in places like China, Afghanistan or Rwanda to dominate the
discussion. The last place one would expect the debate to focus is on the American
classroom and the institutions of higher learning.
Yet human rights abuses in the classroom setting is a very real problem today,
and the focus of actions being taken by Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR),
a group dedicated to investigating and exposing psychiatric violations of human
"To say that psychiatry violates human rights is a misnomer," says Dr. Thomas
Szasz, professor emeritus at the State University of New York. "Psychiatry is
a human rights abuse."
Today a leading and powerful voice for mental health reform, with recognitions
from a special rapporteur report to the United Nations Human Rights Commission
and other private and governmental bodies, CCHR is active with 130 chapters in
30 countries — including a chapter in Clearwater, Florida.
One of the important priorities of CCHR is protecting the rights of children.
Each year, millions of school children are diagnosed with so-called behavior and
learning "disorders" because they do not pay attention in class, refuse to sit
still or have no interest in studying. Under the current guidelines used in classrooms
throughout the country, almost any form of normal childhood behavior could be
considered a "disorder" needing to be treated with psychiatric drugs.
Educators throughout the country have spoken out against such abuse, insisting
that often such problems can be traced back to teaching failures, physical ailments,
lack of nutrition or other problems that can be resolved without the need for
drugs. Many of the drugs given to children have dangerous side effects, including
depression, suicidal tendencies and sudden, uncontrolled outbreaks of violence.
"To say that psychiatry violates human rights
is a misnomer; psychiatry is a human rights abuse."
Dr. Thomas Szasz
Professor emeritus at the State University of New
On October 5, 2002, the Clearwater chapter of CCHR sponsored their 10th annual
awards banquet to recognize top educators who have spoken out strongly against
the drugging of children and worked diligently to bring an end to such abuse.
The dinner was held at the Fort Harrison Hotel and attended by more than 300 guests
from the community. The President of CCHR Florida, David Figueroa, hosted the
event and introduced each of the awardees.
First to receive an award was Dr. Samuel Bluemfeld, one of the world's leading
authorities on teaching reading. His books Alpha Phonics and Is Public Education
Necessary? How to Tutor are used by thousands of parents to teach their children
the three R's. His articles in countless publications have exploded the myth behind
the fraudulent psychiatric labeling of normal school children.
"Intellectual education in our schools has been replaced by training for behavioral
objectives," Dr. Bluemfeld said in his acceptance speech. "This kind of education
has destroyed millions of young American minds. Animals can be trained but they
cannot be educated; human beings can be trained and educated. Educational psychologists
have reduced the intellectual component of education to practically nothing."
Bluemfeld concluded by saying the three producers of educational failure in
America are behavioral psychology, Ritalin and the "whole language" theory of
The second awardee was Mr. Charles Richardson, founding trustee of the Reading
Reform Foundation of New York and director of the Learning Foundation's tutoring
center, which administers individualized instruction to more than 2,700 students.
Richardson warned the audience of the influence of psychiatry in schools. Such
disastrous educational practices as "values clarification," decision making in
the absence of morals, and the danger of concentration on self-esteem without
academic performance have resulted in stultified students who neither learn nor
have stable value systems that allow them to function well in society.
The Citizen Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) has published a series of booklets
which thoroughly document psychiatric harm, abuse, criminality and fraud in different
zones of society.
The first of the series, Creating Racism, Psychiatry's Betrayal, set
off an international firestorm of controversy about psychiatry.
The latest publication, Harming in the Name of Health Care, documents
how the fraud of "educational disorders" is carried out for the enrichment of
those who profit from psychiatric drugs — at the expense of our nation's school
With more than four million American children alone fraudulently labeled as
having mental "disorders," psychiatrists are creating a generation of drug addicts.
To obtain copies of these booklets, contact:
Citizens Commission on Human Rights
6616 Sunset Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Telephone (323) 467-4242 or (800) 869-2247
The final awardee of the evening was educator and author Mrs. Beverly Eakman.
When Eakman settled on a career as a teacher in the public school system, she
intended to teach literature and other academic basics. However, she soon found
that schools were becoming psychological laboratories, where she was expected
to advance psychiatric and psychological-based programs for shaping children's
behavior, without parental knowledge or consent. Eakman fought the incursion and
turned to the media for assistance, thinking that it would be a fairly simple
matter to obtain coverage of what she found. She took documentation of the forced
drugging of children, psychological tests which masqueraded as academic tests,
and behavior modification programs which were conducted in the classrooms to the
top echelons of various newspapers and television news magazines.
"While their eyes would get wide as saucers," Eakman said, "they all in the
end said it was too difficult to do that kind of writing. So I decided to do the
Eakman first did that job with the publication of her book, Educating For a
New World Order. She since formed the National Education Consortium, became a
CCHR International Commissioner and published a second book, The Cloning of the
American Mind: Eradicating Morality Through Education.
In her speech, Eakman strongly criticized the use of psychiatric drugs in classrooms
throughout the country.
"The new fad is to attribute everything negative to a biochemical imbalance
in the brain, creating the lucrative field of biopsychiatry," she said. "It doesn't
take a rocket scientist to see where we're headed when we start attributing criminal
acts, personality quirks and ideas we don't like to biological processes and then
'treating' them with mind-altering drugs. The bottom line is that if you are difficult
to teach, if you are a nuisance to somebody important, if you are a class clown
or quirky, if you make politically indiscreet remarks, a judge will order you
drugged, for your good and the good of society."
CCHR in Clearwater and in other cities worldwide is working to help return
education to its primary goal: teaching the future leaders of our society.