Modifying the Kids

“I don’t have a whole lot of choice,” said Dr. Anderson, a pediatrician for many poor families in Cherokee County, north of Atlanta. “We’ve decided as a society that it’s too expensive to modify the kid’s environment. So we have to modify the kid.”

Dr. Anderson is one of the more outspoken proponents of an idea that is gaining interest among some physicians. They are prescribing stimulants to struggling students in schools starved of extra money — not to treat A.D.H.D., necessarily, but to boost their academic performance.

It wasn’t until after I graduated from college that I discovered that I had friends who secretly used Aderall to help them focus during midterms and final exams. Back then, using pharmaceuticals as a study aid wasn’t as prevalent as it is today, and it appears that medicating students who seem to have difficulties focusing in school has become much more commonplace. This is not to say that there aren’t actual people who have attention disorders, but there’s definitely a generation of kids growing up who don’t need to be on medication but are during a time when their brains are still developing. We’ll see what the long-term effects are soon enough! [via]


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oiseau (#1,830)

I went to a private school in elementary school for a while (mid-90’s), but when my teacher tried to tell my mom I had ADHD and needed to go on Ritalin, my mom pulled me out. I remember literally half of my 3rd grade classmates were on Ritalin! They all bragged about it because it was kind of a status symbol. And I definitely have never had ADHD- even as a small kid I could read books or draw for hours and hours on end. So messed up.

Megano! (#124)

I was just reading an article in The Star a couple of weeks ago about how there’s one particular ADD drug that is making kids suicidal and depressed.

Well the last generation that grew up popping Dexedrine and Nembutol was pretty darn productive. Maybe not such a bad thing?

Poppy (#1,438)

Wow. This is actually the worst thing I’ve read all day. ARGH, I feel like I’m about to go all Poppy Hulk on a wall or something, all this crap makes me so angry!!!

TARDIStime (#1,633)

This kills me in the bad way.
First Sweden’s cutting down of the awesome school lunches and now this?
Mike Dang, stop making me so scared of the future!

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