Since the mid- 90s, Horry County Schools have made the following changes:
1. Lengthened the school day.
2. Shortened recess and break time outdoors.
3. Changed learning through play stations to work stations.
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4. Eliminated kindergarten naps.
5. Adopted new curricula on the frustration level of the students.
6. Tried to change the child to fit the curricula through ADD drugs.
Now it is time to research what is happening to our children. We, the people, need to know the answers to the following questions:
1. How many children were on ADD drugs in 1990 and how many are on ADD drugs now?
2. How many children were overweight in 1990 and how many are overweight now?
3. What was the absenteeism rate in 1990 and what is the absenteeism rate now?
4. How many children were treated for depression in 1990 and how many are being treated now.
5. What is the result of trying to change the child to fit the curricula?
6. If we experimented with giving a child a pass to the playground for 25 minutes of free play instead of an ADD pill, what would be the result?
Our children’s health is priceless. Stress breaks down the immune system. The board needs to act.
It would be interesting to see how much more our children would accomplish if the trivia were removed from the curricula and the essentials taught and learned in a shorter period of time. Our desire is to have healthy, happy schools for our children with plenty of outdoor exercise and sunshine.
The writer, who lives in Conway, presented this information at a recent meeting of the Horry County Schools Board of Education.