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ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative has launched a series of podcasts on a number of issues important to the full development of a child’s potential in school.  I was fortunate to be a part of their most recent podcast which focused on early childhood education.   The title of the podcast was:  ”Early Childhood Education: Balancing Expectations...
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A study conducted by Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Group in Pasadena, reveals that ADHD diagnoses have jumped 25% in the past 10 years.   This study is being reported by news outlets around the country today.  What is missing from these reports, however, it a critical analysis of the ADHD diagnosis itself.   The phenomena of...
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A new study reported in the journal Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, revealed that the youngest children in any given grade are more likely to do poorly on standardized tests, and more likely to be prescribed stimulant medications for ADHD compared to older students at the same grade level.  The...
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For almost two decades now, I’ve been criticizing the diagnosis of ADHD and the use of Ritalin and other psychostimulants with children (see, for example, my book The Myth of the ADD Child).  Now, a new report in The New York Times today, says that physicians are starting to prescribe these drugs to poor children...
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The word “alignment” has many meanings:  there’s wheel alignment, body alignment, road alignment, and many other kinds of alignment.  But when the word is used in the field of education, that should be a red flag to educators and parents.  Beware!  Usually the word is used in reference to the curriculum at different age and grade levels. ...
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