[quote=“wipt”]Some kids simply can’t pay attention. It isn’t a disease. It is being a kid. Some kids can pay attention. That is a blessing for many teachers here.
In my opinion, ADD is a misapplied diagnosis. It assumes that all kids ought to be able to pay more attention in the classroom when it ought to be clear to anyone that some kids are better cut out to chop down trees or drive taxis.
Or dig ditches or work on oil rigs, etc.
It’s the same old story.[/quote]
There’s a difference between ADD kids and kids who simply don’t pay attention. ADD is fairly common in childhood, and it’s not just kids being bored or lazy.
Sure, teachers who have heard of it are quick to label kids who don’t pay attention as having ADD. Those unfamiliar with the problem seem quick to label kids “stupid”. Both are not a good thing to do. Often the problem is that the teacher is simply not interesting enough, or perhaps it’s the material. Improving the teaching or spicing up the material will work on kids who are just bored.
But there comes a point when the teacher is being interesting, the material is good, and a kid just can’t seem to focus. Everyone else is paying rapt attention but one genuinely good kid loses focus over and over again. In that case you have to look and see if the kid really does have a problem and if there’s anything you can do about it. (Sometimes you can talk with parents about diet changes, sometimes you just have to adapt to the kids needs in class.)
If, on the other hand, the kid is being forced to go to English class, doesn’t want to be there, and doesn’t have the natural aptitude to overcome this problem, then maybe a profession where English isn’t such an important thing is lying in his or her future. But I think that should be the individual kids call, not the teacher’s.
I was casually using the term ADD without knowing if the kid in quesiton had it, but it is a fairly common problem among young children. The lowest estimate you’ll find is 1 in 100. 1 in 20 is probably a good estimate, and if you want to count mild stuff you can seriously consider 1 in 5. Depends on what your criteria is.
There’s some good information at:
I don’t know if the kid the OP mentioned really is in that condition, but I do know writing a kid off as a future oil rig worker/taxi driver isn’t an option for me.