I remember in elementary school seeing one of those movies–you know, the ones that the teachers wound up on a reel before they used VCRs (and then DVDs)–telling us not to use drugs in order to study harder. Back then, they were talking about pure stimulants. Now, it looks like kids are abusing ADHD prescription meds like Ritalin and Adderall to improve their scholastic studies. It’s like steroids for academia. The kids get it from either doctors (whom they manipulate) or dealers. The parents push the doctors too:
She said many parents could push as hard for prescriptions as their children did, telling her: “My child is not doing well in school. I understand there are meds he can take to make him smarter.”
I don’t know if it’s the Tiger Parents; it didn’t look like any of the interviewees were Asian. It does look like this drug abuse is taking place in the rich private schools, so maybe that’s a factor.
This is going way too far. Are they going to have to start taking random urine samples around test time?