The Fictitious Epidemic of ADD and ADHD

"A three year old is not half a six year old." said Sir Ken Robinson. We are flailing and failing to support children's unique  gifts and talents. We are anesthetizing kids with ADD/ADHD drugs instead of waking them up so they can ably lead us toward a sustainable future.
380913 29: A teacher works with street kids October 15, 2000 at one of the the World Vision shelters in Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia. The shelter offers special classes to street kids to help them catch up with their studies so they can someday return to school. However, some students show little or no interest in the class. There are an estimated 3000 to 4000 street children in Mongolia, a country where 36% of families live below the poverty level. About 20 nongovernmental shelters in Ulaan Bataar try to combat the problem by offering hot meals and places to wash and sleep. The shelters also encourage the children to attend a special school since many of them have no formal education. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Newsmakers)

These ideas came from Sir Robinson's talk that recommends we  Revolutionize Education. What is even more incredibly impactful is what RSA animate did with Sir Ken Robinson's presentation on  Changing the Paradigm on Education.

Sir Robinson calls the millions of medicated children who are labelled "disordered" a "fictitious epidemic." He likens the prescriptions for ADD, ADHD, to the kind of "medical fashion" we used a decade and more ago when tonsils were removed as regularly a sore throat was diagnosed. 
Prescriptions for ADHD have risen in direct relationship to standardized testing, and increase as you move east in the U.S., ending at Washington D.C. which has one of the highest  number  of prescriptions for learning disorders..
We are urged to stop  anesthetizing our children so that they can get through school. Otherwise, children will attain degrees, but not the kind of thinking necessary to create a sustainable future.
Sir Robinson's ability to teach rather than rage about this topic, makes his contribution highly accessible, understandable and helpful.

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