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A Squirmy Situation


British teacher, Mr. Chalk, ponders the “real reasons” why students can’t sit still or be silenced in class, including:

Fed on a diet of sugary drinks and snacks throughout the day, many kids are in a constant hyperactive state. To excuse this, a whole load of medical problems have been dreamt up by drug companies eager to sell new products to the gullible. Every register is chock full of acronyms and excuses such as ADD, Bipolar Somethings, Aspbergers, Oppositional Defiance Nonsense and of course ADHD. Here's a handy tip: if your own child is naughty just send a letter to his form teacher with your own impressive sounding disease and his every misdemeanor will be forever excused. It's like the 'Get Out Of Jail Free' card in Monopoly.

And the list continues. Got anything to add? Check it out.


My son is ADHD, and I do not allow it to be an excuse in the classroom. We also found out he was having absent seizures. We found this out in a 48 hour EEG and sleep study. He was not sleeping at night, unable to get to the final round of sleep due to episodes that caused him to not get the final stage of sleep. He was also known to tune out the teacher or get up and walk around the classroom without understanding of what he was doing. Sort of like sleep walking. It scared him when he snapped out of it and wasn't in his seat or where he thought he should be. His teachers all know about his condition and they work with him or take note of anything I should tell the doctors about. Other than that, if he is disrespectful or does not follow directions - he gets written up and punished like everyone else. His ADHD is not allowed to be used as a crutch because he can control himself, especially with medicine. We're teaching him to recognize the inappropriate behaviors and how to correct them when possible.

So I take offense to Mr. Chalk's blanket statement. Poor diet is one contributor, bad parenting is another, lack of skilled professional educators is yet another - and the list of medical problems are compounded by the above if not handled correctly. If he was a true educator he'd become familiar with any of the "diseases" (which it's not, it's a disorder) and be prepared to professionally respond to the parent when they try to use that as an excuse.

Severe and persistent mental illness begins in childhood, or birth if you
believe it is hereditary. A paranoid
schizophrenic did not ask for this. No one would act this way on purpose.
Yes, you do need to treat this person with
the same consequences as everyone else.
Many do end up in jail.

The really crazy thing about this illness is that these people do not think they are sick. It is hard to force an adult to take a medication for an illness they do not think they have.

If anyone has time to shed more light on
this for solutions I am all ears.

No one wants to label anyone with a mental illness. However, it would benefit all of us if we opened our eyes and looked at this with compassion. Many million Americas have
This “no casserole” illness.

As a mother, would it have helped if I had known when my child was 10 that she
Would be battling this?


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