As a parent of a child that goes to school, I'm so disgusted with how teachers are dealing with things nowadays. We had a good couple of years at this school (Helen Gorman Elementary), but the lack in positivity and encouragement these last couple of years and the fact that the teachers are tired and "over the hill" are wearing on my nerves.
Our child is outgoing and talkative, maybe too talkative for his own good, but we are getting pushed in drugging him " as in Ritalin, etc.", because he wants to talk and goof around and not focus.
My husband was ambushed by our sons teacher and the CEA, telling us our son needs to get some medication to settle down and focus. So I ask "Why does he not have someone helping him if he is so bad", and the CEA tells me he doesn't even come close to qualifying for that. So the solution is to zombify my child so he can sit and be quiet in the classroom?
These teachers pushing these medications without even doing any kind of research on them is mind boggling to me. Now my child is going to be labeled for the rest of his time in school as being an ADHD child, not just an 8-year-old boy who can't sit still for hours at a time. Something has to change!
A. Get young vibrant teachers who have some patience and the willingness to work with high energy children
B. Make sure the teachers realize that they are TEACHERS, not psychiatrists, doctors, etc.
C. Give children time to be children, and play outside more often then is called for
Ed note: last name withheld to protect the child's identity.