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An active, bright kid will become a major problem if ignored

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To the editor,

I must compliment Ryan Griffin for his letter in the April 3 Laconia Daily Sun. I grossly oversimplified the ADD problem (ie, showed one side), and Ryan has an excellent response to that, also oversimplified, BUT a good step in expanding understanding. I'll try to expand a bit on it, and hope that Ryan, and others will also try to promote more understanding. I'm sure we will both disagree on points BUT that's the way to move to the center.

Ryan, I hope you ...

To the editor,

I must compliment Ryan Griffin for his letter in the April 3 Laconia Daily Sun. I grossly oversimplified the ADD problem (ie, showed one side), and Ryan has an excellent response to that, also oversimplified, BUT a good step in expanding understanding. I'll try to expand a bit on it, and hope that Ryan, and others will also try to promote more understanding. I'm sure we will both disagree on points BUT that's the way to move to the center.

Ryan, I hope you get to be 79 and more, where you will realize you have to rely on many others much more than ever expected. "ADD" as I have it, and most of my very successful friends have it, never goes away, but we adapt as we must. The many other forms you have referred to sometimes are "cured", but too often are a lifetime problem. When recognized and treated, the child has a better chance (as well as the parent and teacher). It seems to me that much other education problems we see are caused by neglected, undisciplined children. At least those with diagnosed "ADD" get a better chance. But what about those other ignored ones? An active eager bright kid WILL become a major problem if ignored!

There should be NO difference in schools up to 8th grade, from 1945 to now! Sadly there are much more nonsense distractions which clearly prevent learning, which is why the typical student today has learned much less of the basics. BUT, in China, Japan, Russia, India and others the students are far ahead of where we were back in 1950, while our students are several years behind our 1950 standards. Clearly that is NOT due to drug treatment of children, but MAY be due to family neglect and failure of our schools. It is all tied together! No single cause or cure.

Just as an aside: I have observed that students involved in music (orchestra, band, chorus, etc. ALL seem to do a lot better academically. Which is causing which?

Back to you Ryan, and as still a young "kid", you can do better than this antique!

Jack Stephenson

Gilford