August 19, 2012

Raising the Ri***n Generation (BRONWEN HRUSKA, August 18, 2012, NY Times)

I REMEMBER the moment my son's teacher told us, "Just a little medication could really turn things around for Will." We stared at her as if she were speaking Greek.

"Are you talking about Ri****n?" my husband asked.

Will was in third grade, and his school wanted him to settle down in order to focus on math worksheets and geography lessons and social studies. The children were expected to line up quietly and "transition" between classes without goofing around. This posed a challenge -- hence the medication.

"We've seen it work wonders," his teacher said. "Will's teachers are reprimanding him. If his behavior improves, his teachers will start to praise him. He'll feel better about himself and about school as a whole."

Posted by at August 19, 2012 7:23 AM
  

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