Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Thank You for Not Drugging
The Mexican Senate has outlawed the unsolicited medication of children suffering from attention deficit disorder in Mexican schools. A few random points, strung together as they formed a coherent paragraph, though as you'll see they really don't: The law also outlaws pressuring parents to medicate their children, which is a complaint I've heard from parents (though never first-hand) about the highest-end schools here in Torreón. I've never taught in an American school, but it seems like the rate of ADD students in Mexico is higher than what I remember it being in the States. Or perhaps it's just the complaining about them that is more frequent. Then again, I teach at a middle school and live with a psychologist who has many adolescent patients, so my perspective is skewed. The fact that a sufficient number of schools were jacking Ritalin into children without parental consent as to warrant senatorial legislation is extremely alarming.