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

From: cheryl huff <chuff57_at_earthlink.net>
Date: Sat Feb 18 11:34:00 2006

"Staff" is what I was referring to ( I sometimes am confused about what to
call people in the SV model!) so thank you very much, Mimsy.

cheryl huff
chuff57_at_earthlink.net

> [Original Message]
> From: Mimsy Sadofsky <mimsys_at_comcast.net>
> To: <discuss-sudbury-model_at_sudval.org>
> Date: 2/18/2006 10:29:09 AM
> Subject: Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] ADD and ADHD
>
> Cheryl,
>
> 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
> www.sudval.org in the "other schools" section.
>
> Mimsy
>
> 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
> > chuff57_at_earthlink.net
> >
> >
> >> [Original Message]
> >> From: Tay Arrow Sherman <tay_at_anatomyofhope.net>
> >> To: <discuss-sudbury-model_at_sudval.org>
> >> 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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