ADHD is short for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a psychiatric disorder in which there are significant problems with paying attention and hyperactivity/acting impulsively. ADHD is a real disorder, and I know that I do most likely have it. However, the problem is that there are many students who do not have it at all who are being diagnosed with it. Once again, we go to Ken Robinson’s TED talks:
Ken Robinson does not say that ADHD is fictional. He boldly states though, that the current “epidemic” of ADHD is completely misinterpreted. It’s as bullshit as the “vaccine causes autism” theory. Not only is the “epidemic” simply an “epidemic” because such statistics are now being kept, but kids these days live in a world filled with distractions. They don’t care about school, they’d rather play Grand Theft Auto V or Call of Duty, or watch the NFL on CBS or FOX, or quite literally anything not associated with school. A lot of people like to say that such things are making kids dumb. But it’s assumptions like that which not only make kids feel bad, but it is completely missing the true culprit of the problem.
The school system was made to be boring. As Ken Robinson says, it’s in the “gene pool” of the education system. The modern-day education system dates back to ideals made in the 19th century, when the world was going through massive industrialization. Interests are not made for the students, but rather economic interests. A lot of kids are bored because the education system is not aesthetic. It is rather anesthetic. Everything is dull, write this, copy that, one answer for anything. I’ve already explained why school is the deathbed for creativity and one of its components, divergent thinking. But not only is this killing creativity, it’s boring our kids. Nowadays kids have so many things to focus on (though to be fair, since the 1950s, when modern-day mass media was born), they couldn’t care less for school because what they are learning in school in no way relates to their interests or in any way does it matter in their life.
However, unfortunately, society likes to blame the person, not the system. In Ken Robinson’s video, school basically marginalizes people into “educated” people and “non-educated” people. All the non-educated people all are typically working dead-end jobs, live in low-end neighborhoods, and probably tell kids “pay attention in school if you don’t want to be like this!”. But in reality, these same people all have the same capacity as educated people. They’re simply marginalized by a system that did not work for them. We’re all forced into the “one size fits all” type of system, even though there are many examples of it not working for everyone. Inevitably, many people are going to be marginalized, and they will feel bad about themselves, and “higher” people will think bad about them. They’re simply not encouraged at all to truly use their mental capacity to become smarter, to become more creative.
I find this very disturbing. There are many people today that are like this, and it’s all because we keep this outdated education system. We don’t actually focus on the needs or priorities of the students, instead we focus on the priorities of the economy and the corporate world. The education system basically runs on a “survival of the fittest” mentality. Those that get the highest grades succeed in life, and those that get low grades don’t.
In the end, we must eventually realize not to put the priorities of the corporate world first, but rather the priorities of the people instead. If we truly want to help people where they fit, if we want to encourage the arts, then we must stop forcing upon an outdated system that does not fulfill their needs. We must create a system that encourages their potential, their intelligence.