When did ADD become a bad thing?

April 26, 2011 § 2 Comments

I’m literally running out the door but I wanted to journal some thoughts:

We have these kids growing up with increasing attention “disorders”. I refuse to say deficit because that implies a lack thereof, when really it’s an state of hyper-attention. Focus deficit maybe but even then, why focus on only one thing if you can be so much more productive? As a creative, I try to be ADD as possible – it’s like living in a different time stream as everyone else. It’s wonderful, really; you just have to control it into creating things.

The adult’s solution is to drug them and slow everything down but why the heck does that make any sense at all? It’s like taking an awesome athlete and drugging him to make him weaker because they like having someone to push around in a wheelchair. If the kid can think better than you, why do you insist he has to come down to your level? Are you truly that afraid of changing to accommodate the advanced function?

I think it’s because the teachers don’t want to know they are boring and that the whole standup lecture classroom thing we’ve been doing since the 1920’s is outdated and increasingly useless to our modern minds. We can handle so much more, let us run with it.

Moral of the story: Don’t be stupid, embrace ADD so you can get a maximum of effectiveness out of it. These kids are rambunctious because you are boring to them, not because they’re broken.

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§ 2 Responses to When did ADD become a bad thing?

  • Karl says:

    I suppose it’s because most ADD children seem, in the eyes of psychiatrists and the general adult population, rather aimless in their activity, or nonstructured. Although I totally agree, if a child could harness the sort of energy around ADD then, well, yeah they’d be pretty much set for motivation.

    • Brennan says:

      That’s me!

      Perhaps too much though. I am literally addicted to being productive. If I’m not actively making or creating something I feel useless and negative towards myself. Which, honestly, isn’t healthy either.

      But yeah, I think we need to focus on giving them things to challenge the power they have, not drag them down to the lowest common denominator child next to them.

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