What do a medical diagnosis and education reform have in common?
Two things: (1) complex matters reduced to a few letters, and (2) failing children.
First, consider ADHD. Below are some readings to help interrogate how this diagnosis has many significant problems, misdiagnosis and over-diagnosis among them, some of which are related to the high-stakes accountability movement in education:
- Medicating ADHD in the Brave New World of High-Stakes Accountability
- Don’t Rush to Saddle Children With the A.D.H.D. Label, Donna Ford
- Worrying Disparities in Diagnosis of Black and White Children, Keith B. Wilson
- Failure to Conform Accounts for Most A.D.H.D. Diagnoses, Susan Hawthorne
Next, a growing list of alphabet (toxic) soup is assaulting our schools and students under the umbrella of “state takeover” approaches, targeting mostly high-poverty and racial minority schools.
RSD, ASD, OSD, and EAA—among others—have gained political momentum built on propaganda and not results. Below is a reader addressing the failures…
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