The more I think about today's Times story that reported on low-scoring students from low income backgrounds being prescribed ADHD drugs to pacify their behaviors and raise their test scores, the more I think about the damage being done to an entire generation of children as a consequence of education reform.
According to the story, the drug of choice doctors prescribe to low-scoring children from
working class backgrounds is Adderall. Risperdal is also prescribed to
one child in the story after he has a psychotic episode from the
Adderall and grows suicidal. The article also mentions Clonidin, a
sleep aid, to help all of those drugged children get to sleep.
What kind of society do we live in that this conscious drugging of
children to get their test scores up and their behaviors pacified is
happening? What damage has education reform done to children that
anybody - seriously , anybody - thinks drugging these kids to get their
scores up is a good idea?
If these kids are lucky, they will end up in 12 step or other
treatment programs for the inevitable drug and alcohol addiction
behaviors they are learning from this. That's if they're lucky.
More than likely we are teaching a generation of kids to become
addicts when life gets hard and things don't work the way you want them
to (or the way your parents or school want them to.)
Heckuva job. Just what the education reformers want. Pacifies the
lower classes and keeps them under wraps. Makes money for Big Pharma.
And get the test scores up. It's a win-win-win - for everybody except