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Monday. There it is.

 
Monday. There it is.
Posted March 17th, 2014 @ 2:14pm

It's Monday. Don't know that I can add much more than that.

Ignore the headline, but please read this article from Time Magazine. I have long thought, with no science to back me up other than living my life for nearly 44 years, and now having kids, that we have gone totally around the corner when it comes to ADHD.

I am convinced that had I been in elementary school today, instead of from 1976-1981, that some well-intentioned teacher or school nurse would have suggested to my mother that I be tested (and ultimately treated) for ADHD. You should ask my mom what she heard from my teachers:

"Trent lacks focus" 

"Trent is sometimes disruptive in class"

And my favorite, given the track of my career in the last 20 years...

"Trent is an okay student, but would do so much better if he'd spend less time entertaining his classmates"

Instead of teachers who recognize kids in class (including me) who are bored out of their minds as they're not being challenged by the school work presented to them, we've defaulted in too many instances to a position that says something akin to "I don't care if they're learning, as long as they're quiet."  We don't do ourselves any favors by cramming 25 or 30 kids in classrooms and hoping for the best.

Again with no science to back me up, I think our fast-paced, hurry-up, technology driven culture is feeding the ADHD overdiagnoses.  We are (and I'm probably guilty as well) raising a generation of twitchy, hyper-stimulated kids who have little idea what joys can be found in simply sitting quietly and reading a book.

 

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