Response to Ian Ford
J. Hugh Sullivan (sullivan@WKO.COM)
Sat, 25 Nov 1995 19:10:22 -0600
>I would be interested in how Hugh reaches his " mathematical " conclusion
>that " the incidence of ADD is inversely proportional to discipline " -
>whatever that means.
By experience! I truly hope you were the only one who could not comprehend
the mathematical expression.
It has been 45 years since college for me. In that time I have been a
scoutmaster, schoolteacher, OA Lodge Advisor, Junior Achievement Advisor,
officiated football, basketball and baseball, worked with troops in MS, AL
and KY, coached baseball and football - just to name a few involvements with
kids. In all that time and with thousands of kids, I have never seen a kid
who could not be disciplined or one who was classed as ADD.
I do not deny the existence of the disease; I just believe the disease is
much rarer than excuses for lack of discipline. It is not the responsibility
of the Scoutmaster or the troop to spend time learning to understand,
recognize and control disruptive behavior; it is the responsibility of the
parents. Proper parents do not hand their problems to the troop - they hang
around and assist in the solution.
>I am prepared to defend my position by private email, quoting from
>extensive literature reviews.
My "position" is currently sitting - my "opinion" is expressed above. I will
have my opinion and you are welcome to yours. However, my opinion is
frequently modified when I leave the library and go into the field; having
an experience is normally infinitely superior to reading about it.
>Whilst I am not a qualified clinical
>psychologist my first degree was in Social Sciences and included
>education and psychology components. I am currently studying for a MS in
>psychology and have some familiarity with the literature.
Mathematically, I find that excuses for lack of discipline increase directly
with the number of degrees beginning with "Social". This is not a
condemnation - merely the recognition of a curious phenomenon.
I do not have a masters degree but, before I retired almost 9 years ago,
several people who reported to me did.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City