Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Public Education's Escape Through ADD and Ritalin

From: Carol Hughes <>
Date: Thu Feb 26 08:49:01 2004

I have a 32 year old nephew who has been on Ritalin since he was six years old. When he was in kindergarden they were talking Rhodes scholar. Enter grade school and a teacher who was known for not liking boys. When he resisted taking the pill at school, the nurse and his mother said "we'll fix him" and agreed to have it announced over the loud speaking system that it was time for him to come take his meds. When the family was on summer vacation, sure enough, he didn't "need" the medicine. He picks up odd jobs and is incredibly accident-prone, doesn't want to have children ever, cause they might be like him. His brother feels the same. He regularly smokes pot. Why wouldn't he, he's been raised to be dependent on substances. This entire family shakes their had sadly when looking at these past issues as though there was nothing else that could be done. It makes me nuts. This practice of drugging children to control their behavior is a very, very serious mistake, abuse, or how about just plain ignorant behavior.

I once had a rather enlightened pediatrician tell me that he had never seen a hyper-active child but that he had seen plenty of hyper-active moms. Could somebody please tell the teachers/parents that they need to accept and encourage positive behavior in the children and make the environment suitable for that result?
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  Public Education's Escape Through ADD and Ritalin

  "If used properly, Ritalin can help people with certain medical conditions. The problem with educators encouraging it as a means to alleviate or cure "ADD" is that the symptoms attributed to it are not necessarily caused by a biological, medical "disorder" that renders children unable to concentrate."

  "How do you explain the fact that some kids who display ADD in the classroom show no evidence of such a syndrome when playing a video game, talking to friends on the telephone, or engaging in other intellectually undemanding activities? If ADD kids have a biological inability to focus, then how can they easily concentrate on so many activities?"

  "If education's purpose is to teach a child how to live his life by developing his mind to understand reality, as it properly should be, for many decades now the John Dewey-influenced "progressive" public school system has undercut that purpose. In fact, it's become a primary cause for the decline not only in children being unable to concentrate on schoolwork, but also in test standards and the increasing number of children unable to read, write, multiply or form independent judgments."

  "No wonder many children are becoming more confused, insecure, rambunctious and unable to concentrate in school."

  ~ David
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