Growing Up American: From Church School to Scouting

So maybe life in the old days wasn't all Ozzy and Harriet, or Wally and Beaver.  In their day, however, we do know that one in ten school-age children were not being diagnosed with ADHD.  That also means two-thirds of those children were not being treated with stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall.  Neither were 5% of 12-19 year olds taking anti-depressants.  This raises the question: besides the egregious influence of pill-pushing pharmaceutical companies, what was different in American life previous to the prescription drug culture in which our children now live? Television stereotypes aside, let's take a look back at how children used to spend their time: Church School My mother, like most of her classmates, left school once a week to attend church school.  With parental permission, students left at 1 p.m. and spent the rest of the school day studying their faith at the church of their choice.  When McCollum v. Board of Education (1948) ...(Read Full Article)

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