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

From: Mimsy Sadofsky <>
Date: Sat Feb 18 10:30:00 2006


Quite few Sudbury schools are, in fact, looking for new staff, which
is what I think you are referring to. The only thing to do is email
each one asking; all of the email addresses are available at in the "other schools" section.


On Feb 18, 2006, at 9:51 AM, cheryl huff wrote:

> 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, that’s 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 I’m still fuming?
>>>       I can’t take notes in class if you expect me to learn anything;
>>> my brain won’t write and think at the same time. I also have to have
>>> passion about the subject I’m 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 I’m 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 “static” and imbalance of the
>>> sympathetic nerve system (The system that makes you jump and ready to
>>> fight or run.) That’s 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 child’s nerve system (Chemically,
>>> physically or emotionally) preventing the expression of natural
>>> learning.
>>>      Remember Einstein couldn't’t 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 “That’s the norm for what we’re doing to our
>>> children.”
>>>       So my tirade is simply, Sudbury model schools don’t 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 it’s wired.
>>> Evan
>> -Tay
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