From Jamie Wells, M.D., at American Council on Science and Health:
Throughout my many years in pediatric practice in New York City, schools generated form after form that required a “doctor’s signature.” No doctor, as far I as I am aware, ever played any role in the creation of these label and excuse documents. Their existence is a malady in itself intent on merely shifting liability. Because, in reality, the prescription pad is enough.
Those most at the source of unnecessary drama and strife were the ones that permitted unlimited time for educational testing. This is not something that can often be readily ascertained in a single, brief office visit anyway. In our ever competitive world, these were highly coveted and seen as an opportunity to give a child a leg up throughout their entire academic career and any diagnosis would do. Requests just to make up something were not uncommon. Like most well-meaning policies, these were not intended for giving a student an edge over another student. But, there will always be those who try to game the system. And the word “no” along with explanations for why merely suck up more office time – yet again diverting resources away from more pressing issues. All the while the children in this mix learn very poor lessons in coping, get short-changed and mimic parental behavior. More.
Reality check: Dr’ Wells goes on to say that the students who probably really did need more time were rarely the ones who asked. Figures. It all sets the kid up for looking for anyone and everyone to blame but himself when things go south. He will be well positioned for grievance and entitlement later.
See also: New progressive mantra: Don’t judge the quality of students’ writing when grading