You can’t talk about engagement in learning without noting the huge number of children who are diagnosed with attention deficits in a school setting.
Alan Schwarz and Sarah Cohen, writing for The New York Times, report:
Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (read more of the March 31, 2013 NYT report on ADHD here)
They quote doctors who are concerned that normal childhood behaviors are being pathologized because children acting like children is not as conducive to classroom management as children “sitting quietly at their desks.” Continue reading