Archive for the ‘Ritalin’ Category


October 3, 2007

Needs Improvement - does not pay attention . . .

Elise T. Baach, the special master appointed by U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman to monitor D.C.’s special education system, issued a report Monday ascribing the city’s “abysmal effort” on special ed to a “lack of focus.”

Judging by the sheer volume of press releases, DC Government and school officials seem hyperactive, too, and don’t seem able to focus on solving other actual problems, even those created by government hyperactivity. I am not a physician, but doesn’t this sound like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD?

Physicians prescribe methylphenidate aka Ritalin for ADHD so often that both words are in the MS Word 2003 spell-check (try it).

D.C. officials: I respectfully urge you consult psychopharmacologists at the D.C. Department of Mental Health immediately. And don’t say you’ll put it off until you finally get around to fixing the problems at that agency.

Image by Mike Licht on behalf of the millions of US school kids who take this medication, many because their teachers are not good enough to make school interesting.

UPDATE: Top special ed officials placed on leave after rise in criticism