Cheryl - posted on 07/19/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )
Last year we tried public school for the first time. My daughter's teacher told us that our dd has difficulty FOCUSING. I understand that to be codeword for ADD, but I know my daughter better than that. After a few months, dd started shutting down at homework time, something we had never seen and hope to never see again. After few more months of this, we went back to private school where dd went back to being a happy and engaged student.
Last week we met dd's classmate from the public school. I got to talking to her mom, who told me her conversations with the same teacher - they were the same conversations we had with her! The teacher told her her daughter had difficulty FOCUSING (teacher's emphasis), and the teacher convinced her there was something wrong with her daughter. So her daughter is now being medicated.
A few days ago a friend pointed me to this video: I am very disturbed by this. (Hmm, the video link didn't get published. Google "The Drugging of our Children" (Gary Null) if you're interested.)
How common is it for teachers to either use codewords like focus, or make direct suggestions of ADD and/or medication?