Maybe He Doesn’t Have ADHD. Maybe Your Curriculum Just Isn’t Good Enough.

Let me tell you about a guy I knew in high school named Pravin. Pravin was known as the kid who could drive teachers insane because he could not for the life of him sit still and be quiet. We used to laugh as more than one teacher would whip out, “Shut up, Pravin!” in the middle of a lesson. One time a history teacher got so frustrated by Pravin’s incessant banging on his desk that he literally flipped the desk over as Pravin drummed.

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  • Ed

    Challenging students are a “work load” issue for teachers.

    And we know what’s been happening to their “work load” over the decades…

    • Clausewitz

      The reason I went into teaching was because of the horrors of watching female teachers trying to destroy their male students. It was a long hard fight. I really don’t know if I made any difference.

      • Watchman

        Rest assured, you did make a difference.
        If you taught in a school, just by being a man (not just being an XY-chromosoned person) in an an almost woman-exclusive occupation where training boys to grow up as Beta males seems to be the object of ‘modern teaching’. Boys need to see men act like men, especially in the growing incidence single parent (i.e. mother only) families.
        If you taught at University level, the same is still true, but you had less impact than at the formative school years. Still, it all helps to prepare males and females for the real world of employment after university, one that is competitive and cares less about your feelings and more about your productivity.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        My son was fortunate to have a male teacher for a couple of years.
        I went to that parent teacher meeting every time and made sure he knew I appreciated it.

      • Alain

        Thank you for trying, and I am sure you made a difference at least for those you taught.

      • I’m sure you did.

    • Classroom management is a rather vast topic but I will say this: most teachers don’t want to deal with special-needs kids as they don’t want to deal with the intellectually gifted ones. Schools are puppy mills. Anything that makes work is bad.

  • canminuteman

    Every day at dinner we discus with the children (boys, grade 6 and 8) what they did at school. They have my sympathy. It would bore me to tears. They are not challenged in the least, and the curriculum is boring. They both do well, are in one of the top three best rated schools in the county but it sounds seriously boring.

  • Tom Forsythe

    When I was in Grade 2, I had some behavioural issues. However, I also had an excellent teacher, who solved those issues by giving me a math book that actually made me think, and challenging me to see how much I could get finished by the end of the year.

    That would be unthinkable today, because giving one student a different book “isn’t fair to the others.”

    • Watchman

      I’m surprised that modern schools don’t appoint a “Handicapper General” to deal with the likes of your kind of student. http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/harrison.html

      • Alain

        They do. They call them teachers’ aids.

        • Watchman

          Hey, I was once employed as a teachers aide in an exclusive residential all girl’s high school in the early 1980s. I definitely found out I wasn’t a pedophile by that experience. So many students – so little sense. “The Horror. The Horror.”

    • Alain

      You had a competent and wise teacher. Not too many left these days.

  • Dana Garcia

    Try putting Parv-types on a sugar-free diet for a while. It’s addictive stuff and can make kids wacky.

    I went on an Atkins diet a couple years back and it was very interesting as a sugar-free experience.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I eat Atkins style generally and get my carbs from beer.

      • Dana Garcia

        Smart. Plus beer is very nutritious.

        • Maggat

          Yes, but not mainstream training beers.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Well, the first thing I say to the vendor guy here up north is ‘what have you got left?’
            Need to start making my own.

          • Maggat

            I do, a very dark Honey Porter, not half bad, if I may say so.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I learned to read at 3 but didn’t speak for the most part until I was almost 5. I skipped 3 grades in school, almost dropped out of college took a year and half off and finished in 4 years calendar time. Went to grad school and finished 2 Masters in 2 years and finished all the coursework for a PhD in another 1.5 years then stopped with an A.B.D. Went back to school 3 years later and got an law degree.

    School is fucking boring

    • canminuteman

      It seems it took you many years of it to figure that out!!

    • Clink9

      You’re a slacker, McFly!

      https://youtu.be/3ndJNXCkNxg

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Very funny.

  • mauser 98

    Rush today..
    life been so easy for Generation X, millenials they had to invent disorders

    ADD ADHD etc

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I am Gen X.
      My early life wasn’t easy.
      At dinner time the most common expression was ‘fill up on bread’.
      And the people who invented those disorders weren’t Gen X or millenials.

      • mauser 98

        sheesh… ok

        yes baby boomers invented these disorders to cover up there incompetence