ATTENTION SURPLUS DISORDER — PART TWO
Back on January 17, when just beginning this blog, I wrote a piece called “Attention Surplus Disorder,” thinking I was witty to come up with the name. However lots of people thought up the name before me, as I found out when I ran a search on “Attention Surplus Disorder.”
Yesterday Rush Limbaugh apparently used the phrase, and when someone with that many listeners uses a phrase like that people use their search engines, and I can get an accidental hit on my old story. Then I get curious about what made the person do such a thing.
Apparently it was due to a story in the Wall Street Journal, suggesting drugging boys doesn’t improve their grades.
I am such a cynic! My immediate thought was that some pharmaceutical company didn’t donate enough to Obama, or else the government is worried about paying for four million children on drugs. Otherwise such news would be suppressed.
To me drugging children has always been appalling. If it is such a crime to spank a fanny, how can it be good to spank a brain?
I’m fairly certain I would have been put on those drugs, as a boy. The mental gifts God gave me are a two-edged-sword, and often are a flaw. However this seems to be a rule with gifts. They are our best and our worst.
My brain likes to leap from topic to topic. This is called “range” and “scope,” and it can be a good thing when it brings several topics together in a way that works. When it doesn’t work, my mind just jumps to a new topic, and no one can see how I made the jump.
For example, when I was a boy the curve on the number “5” reminded me of the curve on a fat stomach. Math teachers were not interested, and did not want to hear how “fives are fat.” They wanted to know where the heck my homework was.
I pity teachers who have to control twenty or thirty kids. However drugging active boys is not the way to go.
Boys need, and often don’t get,
A.) Lots and lots of exercise.
B.) Proper nutrition
C.) At least eight and likely ten hours of sleep.
D.) Time away from TV and video games.
E.) A basic framework in life that is stable; IE less moving from town to town; less divorce and switching parents.
F.) Within such stability, boys need “wild time.” IE Unsupervised sports; Time in fields and woods rather than groomed gardens and parks.
G.) I can’t believe I left this until last. Boys need a Dad.
Just do that, and a lot of the problems vanish. As I’ve described in two posts:
And the first two parts of: