Girls have been and continue to be second class citizens in the classroom and are given overt and subtle messages that their opinions are not valued as much as boys. The most alarming recent gender-based travesty in our schools is the labeling of millions of young boys as having ADD or ADHD. These diagnoses are given to boys (as young as 3) almost exclusively and, in my opinion, are resulting in the inaccurate labeling and inhumane drugging of our nation's young boys. All this the result of an all-powerful biopsychiatric community and drug companies alliance which has convinced parents, teachers, and many mental health professionals that certain behaviors in boys are part of these "disorders" and can best be treated with dangerous drugs.
Do Schools Treat Boys and Girls Equally?
Toddler and Teenager Expert Advice from Carleton Kendrick, Ed.M., LCSW