Misbehavior and ADD
John Philip Gilbreath (jphil@TENET.EDU)
Wed, 22 Nov 1995 10:27:59 -0600
J. Phil Gilbreath
John R. Lowrance Middle School
117 North Fourth Street
Jacksboro, TX 76458
To preface the following remarks let me introduce myself and give my
background so you know where I am coming from. I have been and am
currently teaching math in a middle school. I am in my 27th year, as I
say, "fighting ignorance." I have been in the same community and same
school, so I have seen the changes in our community and school over a long
period of time.
I am a 30 plus year Scouter and hold the Silver Beaver. I have been a
professional Scouter, then a volunteer as Scoutmaster, Camp Director,
Program Director, Camp Commissioner, and held several positions in our
What concerns me is the position so many are taking concerning the ADD
kids. My concern is the attitude that , "Well, my kid is ADD, so he/she no
longer needs to behave nor do school work." For many it has become an
excuse and a crutch not to discipline nor to teach hard work. At our
council summer camp I saw Scouts acting nearly out of control while the
leaders would simply say, "Oh, he is ADD." It may be a reason, but it is
not an excuse.
We all have problems to overcome. I always thought that if we had a
weakness in a certain area, then that is where we needed to put forth more
effort. If we truly love and kids and want the best for them then we must
exercise our parental obligations of teaching our kids how to overcome
such difficulties; how to get along with each other; and how to prepare
for their future.
I saw a friendship of sixteen years end at camp this summer because the
dad of an ADD Scout and an A nssistant Scoutmaster had a difference as to
how the Scout should act in relation to the other members of that troop.
The ASM was right.
Well, I got that off my chest and hope you will consider the ultimate
consequences of what we are teaching our kids when we accept and let them
get by with inappropriate behavior that is not in keeping with the Scout
YIS and Education
J. Phil Gilbreath
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City