School is, basically, a game. At least, that’s what I got out of the presentation. I think the point was that games are better than school, but, based on my experiences, school matched his definition of a game. So….yeah…..
Also, overmedication for ADHD is a huge problem. Now, I’m not going to say it isn’t, but what I will say is that there are a lot of kids who do benefit from medication. Yes, there are cases of improper use, but making broad generalizations stating that it shouldn’t be used ever and is really not for the kids, is, frankly, stupid.
Also, debate club in high school must be really easy. ‘Cause these kids in my class who claim to be champions aren’t very great. Well, I guess the one was good at reading quotes quickly…but that was about it.
We had presentations in two of my three education classes today. It was, overall, not very exciting or purposeful. I could have stayed home and slept. But that would have been bad. And I need to talk to my professor about my late papers. So…guess it’s good that I’m here.
Going back to the ADHD med guy, one of his main reasons for not medicating kids was that then they can’t “be themselves.” This brings up an interesting discussion that I don’t think he was meaning to get at. Should anyone be medicated? Does being on medication mean you’re not yourself? Am I not myself because I take medication? Who am I? Am I supposed to be depressed and anxious and unable to function? Or maybe the medication gets other things out of the way so that I can be myself. Or maybe something in between.
Personally, I’m depressed and anxious enough on meds; I don’t think I would “be myself” if I were more depressed. Then again, how do we define who we are? Maybe being myself isn’t desirable. Maybe the meds help me be myself, or maybe they make me “someone else.” Or, maybe I’m myself whether or not I’m on meds. After all, they become a part of me.
Really, saying no one can benefit from ADHD meds, or any meds, bothers me. A lot. I couldn’t sit through his presentation very easily, because I was upset by the implications of his generalizations and his lack of understanding. But whatever. There was no time for me to ask a question or anything (not that I would have), so it’s over now. I’m probably the only person who will think about that presentation.
In an hour and a half, classes will be over, and it will be time for me to talk to my teacher. I don’t know…I don’t know what to do or ask her or say. I just know I haven’t been able to do the assignments and don’t know when I’ll be able to.
I have a drawing due tomorrow. I haven’t started it yet. Guess that’s what I’ll be doing tonight. Even though I’d rather not. There’s just so much to do and it’s so unnecessary.