scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: More fuel on the fire?
John Conley (iti@FRONTIERNET.NET
Thu Jun 22 2000 - 14:11:20 CDT
I'm certainly not qualified to agree or disagree with Pam Glidden on
AD/HD matters, but I think the following statement:
> They are more likely to be involved in drugs and crime, to kill
> themselves and to drop-out of school or be expelled.
refered to boys in general, not to AD/HD kids.
But even if Ms. Sommers did sloppy research on AD/HD, let's not throw
the baby out with the bathwater.
She gave a more extensive interview on NPR recently, and although I'm
not in complete agreement with her, I'm glad this issue is being
For all but the last 40 or so years of recorded history, almost
everybody worked from the assumption that boys and girls were completely
different. Without a doubt, we assumed that the differences between
boys and girls were much larger than we should have, and it's good that
those days are gone. However, recently it has been somewhat politically
incorrect to wonder whether the differences are, in fact, nil.
I would think that anybody who works with youth of either sex would want
to have the best available information on their differences/similarities
and how to apply that knowledge. I know I do. So I'm glad to see
smarter folks than me examining the issue.
John Conley <email@example.com>
Ganeodiyo Lodge Adviser
Finger Lakes Council (NY)
*Better to build boys than mend men*