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Faith of A Mustard Seed

by Barbara Woods-Washington
Barbara A. Woods Washington, M. Div.

So the direction has been given in the quest to define ‘knowledge’.  Clearest of definitive thought is that of Howard Thurman.  As a word for the New Year… to bring in 2023; this is, again, in his words:

“But when knowledge comes, the whole world is turned upside down.  The meaning of things begins to emerge.  And more importantly, the relations between things are seen for the first time.  Questions are asked and answers are sought.  A strong restlessness comes over the spirit and the enormity of error moves over the horizon like a vast shadow.  Struggle emerges as the way of life.  An appetite is awakened that can never be satisfied.” (Howard Thurman)

To see ‘education is legislation’ lends to a view of control not being driven by knowledge. (I did say that ‘knowledge is Biblical’!)  I have thrown up my hands with this ‘Hershel Walker campaign’ which by the way, I was in Atlanta on the 2022 Election Day Runoff.  Fact is that I no longer have interest in leaders whose most important constituents would even do that… —whatever ‘THAT’ was.

As one who had not been taught to value education in my environment, I come forth as that one who was just able to complete the courses placed before me during my matriculations.  I pause here to inventory my matriculations but yield to those who are lost on the accomplishments of other lives.  But when I think of my matriculations, I can’t help but go find me a mule and ask you to hold it.

The use of stimulants to treat increasingly younger children became an epic proportion issue in the medical community when in 2000 “Trends in the Prescribing of Psychotropic Medications to Preschoolers,” was published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.  In examining psychotropic drug prescription rates for 2-to-4 yr olds in three geographically diverse Medicaid programs, this report found that between 1991 and 1995 the prevalence of Ritalin tripled in two regions and increased by 170% in a third.  Dr. Lawrence Diller writes “Running On Ritalin” to sound an alarm saying the ‘explosion in Ritalin’ occurred in 1991 for the use in children.

Marked by deep seeded ambiguities, it is hard to determine just how the medical systems and educational systems got foothold to bullying parents into placing their children on Riatlin, (Meth) —at the point of entering the schools.  By 2001 PBS produced “Medicating Kids” a FRONTLINE investigation into the rapidly growing use of psychoactive drugs for children.  By 2002 New York State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz stated that:  “Under my legislation, schools will not be able to scare parents into administering pyschotropic drugs to their children.”   This legislation had already been introuduced in Texas, California and Virginia.  At the heart of these Bills was a growing concern for teachers, guidance counselors and other school staffers who pushed Ritalin to control hyperactive, disruptive and distracted students.  The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) is now sorting through the millions, first diagnosed as children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)… now among the ever more rising need to administer Disability Assistance to this massive population as ADULTS of Mental Illness.

“Knowledge is Biblical.  Education is not.”   Seeing Education as, first… Legislation.

But, ’The real that a nation with so many Colleges and Universities; not just in it’s most urban cities but also it’s remotest of townships.  My excitement is up right now officially enrolled in a Vanderbilt University course “The Underground Railroad” which is a Monday evening starting January 9.

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