ological and Cultural Diversity: The Legacy of Darwin for Development" have much to offer, especially for people new to the field.
I personally find some of the work of medically trained investigators like Doris Rapp ( 1991), who relate child behavior, especially aberrant behavior, to nutrition and especially to allergic reactions to certain foods, particularly helpful. Dr. Rapp's approach to such behavior problems as the currently labeled Attention Deficit Disorder, as exemplified in the book Is This Your Child? seems to me to show much promise. In fact, it may well be together with investigators in other fields, especially those trained in medicine, that some of the most effective work in our own field may be accomplished.
I am basically optimistic about the future. However, a combination of theoretical conflicts and politics still offers hazards for parents, psychologists, educators, and the children they care about. There are still, in my opinion, all too many who will not admit that children inherit their bodies, and that those bodies to some extent at least limit what the children can do or become. Add to this the civil libertarian position that nobody can be kept out of anything, that to do so infringes on his or her civil rights. Thus many schools are doing away with special classes for the gifted and talented as well as special classes for children with severe problems and are mushing everybody together into so-called mainstream classes. Unfortunately, political considerations often determine what kind of research and educational practice can be funded and permitted.
The increase of knowledge in many fields, in medicine for example, is truly awe inspiring. Whether we as a field, even if permitted, can begin to approach this kind of increase in understanding and usefulness is in my mind a serious question.
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