describes the growing trend to treat poor children with medication to modify their behavior at school. It presents a doctor's and parents point of view that when a child is failing academically because of his behavior, there is little they feel they can do. They have a point.
achievement gap in education is about poverty, not teaching. Poor kids
have much higher needs, due to a wide variety of circumstances
correlated with poverty. Race to the top and NCLB, teacher
accountability, test scores, etc. have done nothing to differentiate the
classroom environment for them. They need smaller classes, more
attention, more mentoring and nurturance. Requiring them to conform to
behavioral expectations designed for middle class children sets them up
The sooner we as a society recognize this, and
begin to put into place targeted, specialized support systems that
identify and provide these children adequate environments that are
responsive to their emotional and behavioral needs, the less drugs we'll
need and better academic outcomes we'll see.