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

From: cheryl huff <>
Date: Sat Feb 18 09:52:00 2006

Thank you so much, Tay and everyone, for your helpful responses. As a
parent, I feel instinctively that the diagnosis of possible ADHD for my son
is a construct of a flawed system, one which has no honor for differences -
or preferences - in learning or development, and is simply an attempt to
force him to fit into a model of a child that doesn't exist. It is so
frustrating, because he is so wise, funny, and he learns at an astonishing
clip outside the classroom. All I can do is try to find a way to move to
where there is an SV school. I am a college teacher but often believe it
would be smarter to be an SV participant. Does anyone know of a school
looking for new people? I currently teach humanities, philosophy and
English and have a wide range of interests beyond those I use to survive...

cheryl huff

> [Original Message]
> From: Tay Arrow Sherman <>
> To: <>
> Date: 2/17/2006 9:38:21 PM
> Subject: Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] ADD and ADHD
> 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.
> Cheers!
> -Tay
> 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
> >
> > †
> -Tay
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