Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] ADD and ADHD

From: Tay Arrow Sherman <>
Date: Fri Feb 17 21:38:00 2006

I agree with Evan. I was diagnosed with ADD around 1993, and put on a
severe regimen of Ritalin for it. Halfway through my sophomore year in
high school, I enrolled in SVS. Tossed the Ritalin, which never did
much for me anyway. At SVS, I learned how to work with the grain of my
mind, rather than against it.

  I work with several public school educators in Georgia, and most of
them agree that public school students get a lot of busy work. Often, I
think it's the administrative policy to give kids a little curriculum
and a lot of busy work. No wonder the kids are acting out, daydreaming,
and learning nothing. It's like that pretty early on, or it was at the
Massachusetts public schools I started out in. Children notice they're
being given material that means nothing and serves no purpose other
than to occupy their time. I don't know what kind of educational path
you and your son are pursuing at the moment, but in my opinion a free
form learning environment is well suited to a kid who has trouble
paying attention in a traditional school environment. It gives the
child an opportunity to follow their attentions and interests as they
crop up, in the moment, rather than forcing themselves only to read
from ten to ten thirty, or whatever. :)

I don't speak for anyone else who is involved with SVS. However, my
personal opinion is that coercive schooling is the problem that causes
ADD and ADHD symptoms, and in my experience these symptoms are not a
disease in themselves.



On 17 Feb, 2006, at 18.34, Dr. Evan Hughes wrote:

> † Dear Cheryl,
> ††††† I see ADD and ADHD like this:
> ††††† If I took a polar bear out of the North Pole and put him in the
> desert, would you say he died of a fur disorder? No, thatís stupid;
> polar bears are supposed to have fur. Who started this whole crusade
> of kids rebelling socially being disordered? I studied Anatomy and
> physiology with a woman who had ADD and Dyslexia and the wench
> consistently scored higher then me. If I got a 92, she got a 94. If I
> got a 97 she aced the exam. Can you tell Iím still fuming?
> ††††† I canít take notes in class if you expect me to learn anything;
> my brain wonít write and think at the same time. I also have to have
> passion about the subject Iím learning and it must be from someone who
> knows in better then I do, if not, I get all the ADD / ADHA / Dyslexia
> symptoms in the book.
> ††† ††There is nothing wrong with me or any of our children for that
> matter.
> ††††† There are two other causes for a pattern of totally lack of
> ability in something other then emotional disinterest that Iím aware
> of.
> 1-†††††† diet. Children with allergic reactions to foods not right for
> them can become retarded in their ability to think, coordinate actions
> or learn. Ask anyone who works with children after snack time who the
> upstarts are.
> 2-†††† †There upper cervical spines can be misaligned from birth
> trauma on a subtle level causing nerve ďstaticĒ and imbalance of the
> sympathetic nerve system (The system that makes you jump and ready to
> fight or run.) Thatís what I do as a Chiropractor.
> †
> In all three cases (1-diet, 2-spinal issues, 3-wrong environment)
> there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the child. Not at all. There
> is a response to insults to the childís nerve system (Chemically,
> physically or emotionally) preventing the expression of natural
> learning.
> †††† Remember Einstein couldn'tít spell his own name until he was 7
> years old. Also remember that 60% or our school age population has
> some kind of learning disorder according to standers. When does the
> culture wake up and say ďThatís the norm for what weíre doing to our
> children.Ē
> ††††† So my tirade is simply, Sudbury model schools donít need to
> address ADD or ADHA because their not real entities. Children find
> their own way of adaptation to the world and learn to work with their
> mind no matter how itís wired.
> †
> Evan
> †


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