I saw a link to this TED talk with Ken Robinson, and I'm absolutely inspired by it. I feel like someone gets me, and gets what's wrong with education.
Gotta love this guy ... reminded me of the feeling I had when I first met and listened to Mike Vance over 25 years ago. It was something of a life changing experience. Question is how can we propagate this throughout our educational system? What a concept; allowing children to grow through experimentation, trial and error, non standardized learning .... ooops, better not step on NCLB!
I would buy that if he hadn't said "invented." I take that as meaning it's not a real condition itself, but something made up to provide a label for what, in actuality, is a different problem (it's not ADD, it's a kid who wants to dance).
I think what he was suggesting is that it has become a convenient out for doctors, not that it isn't real.
As someone who went through 18 years of education with undiagnosed ADD, I've got a serious problem when someone says, "this was the 1930s and ADHD hadn't been invented at this point."
I understand the problem of misdiagnosing kids who appear to have ADHD, but in reality have something else going on. But I also understand the HUGE problem in leaving ADHD untreated. Despite what is implied here, ADHD is real and for those who are afflicted, medicine can be an important part of the overall solution.