Is Ritalin hurting your kids' grades?

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  • Jase orem, UT
    July 29, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    My daughter has ADHD and I also have it in a milder form. Adderall helped her go from the worst student in her class to one of the best. If she had a personal tutor that was trained to help her she could probably have gone through school unmedicated, but here is an example.

    Without adderall I would have to bring her attention back to the math problem we were working on three times per problem, with examples and trying to make it fun. On adderall, she has the patience to actually do it and I probably have to get her back on task once every 10-15 problems. She actually learns.
    Her reading did not progress much at all in first grade, but in second when she was medicated she was still behind, but progressed at about the same pace.

    It is hurtful to hear all these people that bash on Adderall and Ritalin when I know the positive effect it has had on our child, but I understand it because I was one of those people two years ago. There are people that do need it.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    July 29, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    Parents. Come home from work and go play with your kids. Throw your tv away! You are the main problem your kids have.

    Sorry to generalize, but we all can do a better job being with our kids.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    July 29, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    The question should be "Are doctors hurting your kids' grades?" Doctors are the ones prescribing the drug, so where is their culpability? How about the parents who turn to medication to control their kids' normal behaviors?

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    July 29, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    Is it me, or does it seem like teachers are pushing to have more kids diagnosed with ADHD at a proportional rate to the decline of the educational system? In other words, the system is getting worse at the same rate that we are drugging up more kids.

    In other studies they have found that boys are better able to cope and learn in a classroom setting if they are able to move and play outside and burn off some energy. Quite often the lack of burining off the energy is mistaken for ADHD.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    July 29, 2013 6:17 a.m.

    The benefits usually out weight the negatives of these drugs. The challenge is making sure there not to drugged up. They will become very quiet.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    July 29, 2013 5:51 a.m.

    "grades" in grade school don't mean a thing. You can't take Ritalin after puberty for the prescribed reasons and "grades" in High School actually count. We Americans worry a lot about nothing.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    July 29, 2013 3:04 a.m.

    ADHD (hyperactivity) is a normal condition and usually a sign of higher intelligence in children that schools are unwilling to cope with and properly recognize they need more work to keep their minds occupied. Its criminal and shameful they drug children to minimize teacher load in too large a class.

    Anything that blocks a childs mind from learning also blocks their social skills and learning to cope with and control their emotions. ADHD is intelligence going to waste and drugs are destroying our childrens minds and lives.

    Its criminal that children are given drugs to block their learning and behaviors, its the most destructive eduction ever devised that uses drugs to limit and reduce the a childs abilities.

    Labeling children so they can be drugged to make it easier on teachers is not a solution, its a work around for the board of educaiton to double class sizes and class loads on teachers. Teachers and tax mongers use the teacher load issue to raise taxes while at the same time the Board of Education is trying to close schools with class sizes less the 30 students. Class size is why chidlren are drugged and it blocks learning and emotional development.

  • Laura Ann Layton, UT
    July 28, 2013 10:34 p.m.

    By no means, do not think that I approve of a children not learning to read or do math, in case you think otherwise.

  • Laura Ann Layton, UT
    July 28, 2013 10:34 p.m.

    My nephew takes medication for this problem and I have taught school for over 25 years. It is a difficult challenge. I hate for my nephew to take the medication, but if he doesn't, he can't stay in emotional control at school. One thing that his parents have done is also get him counseling. I applaud this decision. Another problem is that there are so many children in our classrooms. More distractions and less time for one on one. I have found that direct teaching, where I work with the class doing math and language problems together really works well with these students. This type of teaching is effective, but you just can't keep it up all day. People are concerned that we have a higher percentage of children with this problem. I have another theory. In the past, if a student didn't do well, they quit school, like my deceased Uncle Harold, and got jobs in manufacturing and other areas. He couldn't even read, but the Ford Company sent him to school to teach him a trade. (Ford University still exists, I believe.) These jobs are disappearing, so this exacerbates the problem.