The timing and blatant nature of the pecuniary partnership between America's leading academic child psychiatrist and a Fortune 500 mega-corporation left me feeling sad, angry and alone. Where were other doctors, patients, the public and the press? Why weren't they speaking out about this obvious conflict of interest?
During the early Salkin years, I often took head trips in elementary school. My mind and I escaped the institutional brick walls for a day at the beach, body surfing in aquamarine waves, lost in the opiate haze of a daydream. An adolescent problem I had thought until my seaside getaways continued through my teenage years and beyond.
We've come to expect more from our children (and teachers) educationally at an earlier and earlier age. Everyone now is expected to go to college in order to be "successful." Our ideas about discipline are very confused. Children are expected more than ever to perform and self-regulate their behavior.