Is the current education system really good for people with ADHD? Many of us struggle on a daily basis in school because we can’t keep still, can’t focus on what the teacher is saying, and only have one thing on our mind: being done with school already. After going through many years of this hell, it’s time to look into whether the current education system is actually able to help people with ADHD or if it just drags us down.
Diagnosing a child with ADHD has become very common within the past few years. The symptoms are an inability to concentrate, impulsivity, and overactivity. According to statistics from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 11% of children between 4-17 years old have ADHD. That is 6 million kids in the US alone, and more are being diagnosed each day.
The first two years of school are crucial for a child’s development, according to many specialists. But if you can’t sit still through an entire lesson simply because your brain doesn’t work that way, you will find yourself struggling throughout all those years of education. With this newfound knowledge of ADHD, I would say that it’s time to take a second look at our current education system.
Doctors claim that children who are allowed to learn at their own pace have better grades than those who attend regular classes within the public school system. However, there aren’t any schools specialized in teaching students with learning disabilities, so most people with ADHD or similar disabilities are forced to go through normal classes.
“It was really sad to see that most of my friends couldn’t participate in class because the teacher moved on before they were done with what they had to say,” says Sarah, who is diagnosed with ADHD and was bullied throughout school because she often didn’t finish her tasks on time. Many times she had to stay after hours, even though she had already done all her homework, simply because there wasn’t enough time left for the next lesson.
As a result, Sarah now suffers from a lack of self-esteem and lack of confidence which makes it hard for her to socialize at times. She also feels like she had missed out on many opportunities during school simply because she was forced to learn when her brain simply wasn’t able to.
ADHD and Autism are very common in kids and teens these days, and the system we have isn’t giving them a chance. Schools should be able to provide each student with their own pace of learning, allowing them to excel just as much as normal students. The current situation forces people with disabilities such as ADHD and Autism into a corner, away from everyone else, where they can only watch the fun while feeling left out themselves.
Reading about how it is so terrible for people diagnosed with ADHD in school made me burst into tears. I really hope that one day I will get offered an education better suited for my needs. What do you think? Shouldn’t kids get to learn in a way they can actually focus on? What do you think is currently wrong with the education system, and how could it be changed for the better?
What are your thoughts on this subject?
In order to make things easier for people with learning disabilities, we need to change our current school system. We need schools that offer students different kinds of programs depending on their diagnosis. Kids who struggle most should get help and opportunities to excel just like everyone else and not be bullied during all those years of school simply because they don’t fit into what our society has labeled “normal.”
Is the current education system bad for people with ADHD? Yes, I think so…