I was particularly taken with Sir Ken Robinson's take on ADHD. Honestly, I think he's on to something. I found much of Robinson's tone to be similar to this article titled ADHD: has this diagnostic fad run it's course? Here are but a few excerpts:
The idea of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a credible diagnostic term has passed and it is time that we accept that and move on. Fads and disappointments are not new to the field of psychology nor is the need for people to get beyond them...
And just this week, a Michigan State University study found that nearly one million children in America are potentially misdiagnosed with ADHD – in large part because they were the youngest and least mature in their kindergarten classes.Maybe the greatest problem regarding ADHD as a diagnostic label is that our faith in that label has distracted us and kept us from looking for the better understandings we should be seeking. Stress and sleeplessness lead to inattention. Frustration leads to anger and rebellion. Depression leads to indifference and a lack of enthusiasm.Could it be possible that our fixation on standardization (curriculum and testing) is not only narrow in scope but also grossly inhuman and unnatural? So much so that we have to drug a large population of our children in order to comply with such arbitrary and contrived definitions of excellence and success?
If there is even a shred of truth to all this, I would hope that School Districts in Alberta such as Calgary, Edmonton Public & Catholic and Elk Island would pause and reflect before defining their children's success on Standardized Test results. And I would hope the Province of Alberta would do no less themselves before bullying districts into such assessment malpractice.