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1 Eclectic Cyborg  Mon, Mar 3, 2014 8:20:08am

Sadly, I think the ADHD statistics are skewed because many kids out there are misdiagnosed. This is either because they have another condition mistaken for ADHD or they don’t have it at all but the parents are pushing the doctor for a diagnosis so they can get the medicine (in particular adderall) for their kids.

I actually have ADD (No H component), it’s been diagnosed twice over and I took medication. It frustrates me that this condition is so misunderstood and abuse by people seeking what amounts to little more than a minor high.

2 nsmith25  Mon, Mar 3, 2014 8:28:34am

I think there are a few reasons why the statistics are skewed, both what is presented in the article, and what you present about the misdiagnosis. I work in a Private school that has a program that is not quite a special education program, and we see this as well. When you have parents that have means and access to specialists, we see some “over diagnosis” of ADHD, and of Autism Spectrum disorder. Problem is, there are also many students (not just at my school, but nationwide, especially in poor areas) that are ADHD, or on the Autism Spectrum, that don’t get diagnosed, don’t get the help they need, and then contribute to the cycle.

3 chadu  Mon, Mar 3, 2014 11:41:15am
By the time No Child Left Behind was signed into law, 30 states had already passed these accountability statutes. The maps of those states and the states that have high ADHD rates look remarkably similar — mostly Southern states, with a few in the Midwest.

Another intriguing data point.

4 palmerskiss  Mon, Mar 3, 2014 2:39:18pm

“… in many areas, the test scores of student with ADHD diagnoses aren’t counted. So even it if it doesn’t help the child, it might help the school.”

this is as much a derivative of the “No true Scotsman” fallacy as “there are no unwed pregnant teens in Ireland” i used to hear growing up.

5 Rameau  Mon, Mar 3, 2014 3:07:57pm

Are the policies of Duncan and Emmanuel, Democrats both, any different? On this issue consensus reigns in Washington and both sides are wrong..

6 wheat-dogghazi  Mon, Mar 3, 2014 6:01:14pm

re: #5 Rameau

Education policy under the Obama administration is not substantially different from that under the previous one. There is still a blind reliance of so-called education experts, with mostly corporate backgrounds or connections, to set education policy. There is still also a reliance on exams, even under Common Core, which are linked to funding and teacher promotion. It’s all about performance, and not so much about what’s right for the kids, or helpful to the teachers.

I work in China, which is all about pencil-and-paper exams. Everyone is obsessed about students getting the highest exam scores possible. So, teachers teach to the test. Students cram day and night. Parents schedule extra classes on holidays and weekends. Do the kids learn anything? For a short time, they retain the information. Do they enjoy school? Not at all. Do they have time for sports, music, art or other hobbies? Rarely. Are they expected or encouraged to be creative, analytical, inventive or inquisitive? No. But Chinese kids are really, really good at taking tests.

American test-happy educational policy is veering in the direction of China, just as the Chinese are trying to reform their system to make it more “American.”.

7 jonhendry  Mon, Mar 3, 2014 6:28:02pm

re: #1 Eclectic Cyborg

It doesn’t help that, if a kid has ADD/ADHD, it would be best to intervene as early as possible. But, the younger a kid is, the harder it is to make a good diagnosis because there isn’t much data.

The easiest time to diagnose is probably around 18, or in college, when there’s a wealth of historical data. But at that point a lot of damage (so to speak) may have been done.


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