My original plan was to show/prove that the modern busy/noisy classroom was at fault.
According to neurologists, only 3-5% of the kids actually have some primary physical reason to be AD/HD. The course was filled with teachers, like myself, who had plenty of classroom experience, but no certification. I asked them what percentage of students in their classes show signs of AD/HD. Most said 30-50%.
I handed them a list of symptoms sans title, and asked them what the symptoms were.
"AD/HD," they all said in unison.
"No," I replied. "Insufficient sleep. Yes, all of the impulsively, memory problems, etc can come from insufficient sleep."
My research had shown that we, and especially our children, are getting 2-4 or more hours less sleep than fifty years ago. There's a heavy physiological, neurological and educational price to this. No medication can cure it.
When I saw this NY Times article about children with bi-polar symptoms, the alarms kept ringing in my head. All the doctors could recommend, according to the article, was heavy and potentially dangerous, psychiatric drugs.
The symptoms described seemed like severe impulsively problems, and that was on my insufficient sleep list.
Maybe it's "easier" for parents to get their kids to pop pills rather than change their life styles, but trying a regime which includes three or more additional hours of sleep per night is healthier for all. The only side effects would be less TV and probably less shopping in the mall.