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Ritalin and recess

Posted by pseudoname on July 9, 2006, at 8:37:33

In reply to Re: great statement pseudoname, posted by ed_uk on July 8, 2006, at 16:07:43

Like med_empowered, I thought the 4% figure sounded low, but I can't find any actual numbers. I've just seen *lots* of kids ages 8-18, including some in my extended familiy, taking prescribed stimulants. In my 11-year-old nephew's class of 25 kids, I know there were about 4 on psych meds. It's really quite sad.

But I live in one of those high-Ritalinizing states. Even 15 years ago, the counties in my area were known among researchers as the "Ritalin arc".

In the U.S., elementary schools have cut back on recess periods. When I was a kid, we had 15 minutes in the morning, 30 minutes in the afternoon, and most of 30 minutes at lunchtime to go outside and run around and yell. Even at age 14, we had recesses! Now 10-year-old kids in my town are given only one break so teachers can fit in more state-mandated instruction. The kids naturally get fidgety and then have drugs shoved down their throats to keep them still.

It's like the school equivalent of factory farming.


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