This letter is in regard to the story “State ranks poorly in high school dropouts” (July 27).
I tuned in to the Bonnie Hunt show Tuesday as she was interviewing her guest Ken Robinson, Ph.D. about his recent book, “The Element.” I was so impressed I made a special trip to the Lewis and Clark library — the book had just been returned by a reader. Hurray! There is the answer to how to prevent many students from being “dropouts.”
I was an administrative assistant for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies for approximately 10 years and helped to launch the Children’s Health Insurance Program. I interviewed hundreds of parents to encourage them to sign up for the assistance being offered and was astounded, and alarmed, to learn how many had children diagnosed as ADD or ADHD and prescribed the drug Ritalin.
“The Element” contains a wide range of stories about the creative journeys of very different people. People who had been told in essence that they were “too slow,” “uneducatable” in our cookie-cutter approach to education but have become some of the most successful members of our society when allowed and encouraged to be themselves. When given the opportunity to realize their individuality and “follow their dream.” I highly recommend Ken Robinson’s “The Element” to educators and parents for serious consideration!