Our government has waged the “war on drugs” for more than 40 years, with the devastation of lives from the war far outweighing the destruction from drugs.
Now we are intent on flattening our kids’ psyches in test-obsessed classrooms that demand more and more repression of natural childhood and adolescent behavior and more and more boredom and meaninglessness. And how do we get kids to behave?
Drugs. 11% of all school age children need ADHD drugs. 19% of high school age boys need ADHD drugs. 10% of high school girls. Overall a 53% increase in ADHD drugged kids in the last decade. $9 billion in ADHD drugs sold in 2012, from $4 billion in 2007.
You have to wonder, why do parents send their children to an institution that can be tolerated by the children only when they drugged?
You also have to wonder, what will it take for the folks with power over school policy to see the correlation between the repressive, test-driven system they love so much and the fact that millions and millions of kids need to be drugged to tolerate this system?