Mercogliano codirects the Albany Free School in Albany, New York. There, he and his faculty have developed numerous ways to help hyperactive children relax, focus, modulate emotional expression, make responsible choices, and forge lasting friendshipsÂall prerequisites for learningÂwithout assigning pathological labels to the children or resorting to the use of biopsychiatric drugs.
Teaching the Restless profiles a handful of Free School students, six boys and three girls. All were either labeled and drugged in their previous schools, or would have been had they not thrown in their lot with the Free School. While in Mercoglianoâs mind there is no such thing as a Âtypicalâ child, these nine kids represent the legions of children across the countryÂestimates currently run as high as 6 millionÂthat have been diagnosed with learning and behavioral disorders and prescribed corresponding drugs.
Speaking both to parents who worry that their kids cannot attend classes without drugs and to educators who wonder how to best teach these hyperactive kids, Teaching the Restless should bring new hope into an overcharged debate.
ÂTEACHING THE RESTLESS is a very important book for our time. That we continue to prescribe drugs to our children in such massive numbers is appalling. There are no historical precendents for a society perpetrating such a travesty on its offspring. Chris Mercogliano deserves a medal for his courage and insight, as well as his years of hard work on behalf of Americaâs children.â
ÂJoseph Chilton Pearce, author of MAGICAL CHILD
ÂTake a ride with master teacher Chris Mercogliano as he writes his way straight into your heart. This powerful tale reflects his work as a master educator and writer and gives us an up-close look at what is possible for Americaâs school children when we choose not to drug them into silence. The Albany Free School is a hermitage for children, a model to the nation of how a school environment built on love, honor, respect, and responsibility can effect profound changes in kidsâ lives.â
ÂYehudah Fine, family therapist and author of TIMES SQUARE RABBI: FINDING THE HOPE IN LOST KIDSâ LIVES
ÂTEACHING THE RESTLESS is a finely crafted moral commentary on a society that would rather Âtranquilize our children than create a more tranquil world for them to grow up in.â Chris Mercogliano is a gifted writer as well as a superb observer of childrenâs lives. Here, he offers a rich blend of insights and observations based on his own extensive teaching experience. His stories of real kids struggling against the cultural constraints on their lives, including inappropriate labeling and drugging, are deeply moving and convincing.â
ÂRon Miller, executive editor, Paths of Learning magazine, educational historian, author of WHAT ARE SCHOOLS FOR?
ÂGod bless Chris Mercogliano. He has turned his lifelong commitment to the creation of free learning communities for children and families toward a passionate defense against the oppression of children by psychiatry and the schools. May his longstanding drug-free school zone in Albany extend throughout our country and the world.â
ÂJohn Breeding, clinical psychologist, author of THE WILDEST COLTS MAKE THE BEST HORSES
ÂA wonderful contribution to the growing literature on the sad practice of labeling and drugging Americaâs Âfree spirits.â Chris Mercogliano sees past the scientific jargon and deficit-rridden orientation of the ADD/ADHD paradigm, and reveals with great humanistic sensibility the passionate worlds of active kids who don't fit into the tight little boxes of most American classrooms.â
ÂThomas Armstrong, Ph.D., author of THE MYTH OF THE A.D.D. CHILD
About: ducator Chris Mercogliano has been working with hyperactive (ADHD) children for many years at the Free School in Albany, New York, and has developed numerous ways to help these students relax, focus, modulate emotional expression, make responsible choices, and forge lasting friendships-all prerequisites for learning.
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