Monday, January 20, 2014


Fiery Cushman@fierycushman
Thought-provoking article on nexus of ADHD diagnosis and pharma

The disorder is now the second most frequent long-term diagnosis made in children, narrowly trailing asthma, according to a New York Times analysis of C.D.C. data.
Advertising on television and in popular magazines like People and Good Housekeeping has cast common childhood forgetfulness and poor grades as grounds for medication that, among other benefits, can result in “schoolwork that matches his intelligence” and ease family tension.
Profits for the A.D.H.D. drug industry have soared. Sales of stimulant medication in 2012 were nearly $9 billion, more than five times the $1.7 billion a decade before, according to the data company IMS Health.
Even Roger Griggs, the pharmaceutical executive who introduced Adderall in 1994, said he strongly opposes marketing stimulants to the general public because of their dangers. He calls them “nuclear bombs,” warranted only under extreme circumstances and when carefully overseen by a physician.
Modern marketing of stimulants began with the name Adderall itself. Mr. Griggs bought a small pharmaceutical company that produced a weight-loss pill named Obetrol. Suspecting that it might treat a relatively unappreciated condition then called attention deficit disorder, and found in about 3 to 5 percent of children, he took “A.D.D.” and fiddled with snappy suffixes. He cast a word with the widest net.
For A.D.D.
A.D.D. for All.
“It was meant to be kind of an inclusive thing,” Mr. Griggs recalled.
Adderall quickly established itself as a competitor of the field’s most popular drug, Ritalin. Shire, realizing the drug’s potential, bought Mr. Griggs’s company for $186 million and spent millions more to market the pill to doctors. After all, patients can buy only what their physicians buy into.
In an interview last month, Dr. Dodson said he makes a new diagnosis in about 300 patients a year and, because he disagrees with studies showing that many A.D.H.D. children are not impaired as adults, always recommends their taking stimulants for the rest of their lives.
Mrs. Parry still has the pamphlet given to her by the school psychologist, which states: “Parents should be aware that these medicines do not ‘drug’ or ‘alter’ the brain of the child. They make the child ‘normal.’ ” 

i guess it all depends on if you see our concept of economy staying similar to what it seems to now be

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"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain."
~ Vivian Greene

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Frappant. Straffe quote van @MP_Peeters: hoe hoger het diploma, hoe beter je risico's kan inschatten, hoe minder je gaat ondernemen. #fb

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Your Brain on Oxytocin: A Love Story #BrainGames @JasonSilva Mon 9/8c

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Big Picture Learning (@bigpiclearning)
1/16/14 9:44 AM
This Week's FOCUS: BPL is starting off the New Year with some great news

The last time I met with Kyna at RISD she made a comment about a conversation she’d had with a Chinese architect when she was on sabbatical in China recently.  His comment:  “One good thing about China is that you don’t have to be able to explain everything you do.” 
Right after New Years I was in a store that had the radio in the background airing this PSA saying:
“Learning does not stop at the classroom door. Textbooks cannot restrain it. Ivy covered walls cannot contain it. It is a breathing growing free-range beast. You are its keeper. So why shouldn’t all this learning you learned outside of school count for something when you go back to school? “ 
The ad went on and on. I thought it was Dennis taking out ads in California for College Unbound. I knew something about the work of the Western Governor’s University. They say they are accessible, flexible, and affordable. How good are they at doing what they say? I’m not sure at all. Online courses have lots of rules and regulations. Colleges still behave in very traditional ways. It is worth looking into.

Lumina Foundation (@LuminaFound)
1/16/14 9:45 AM
MT @CollegeSummit: The person who has the most say over whether or not a student achieves is the student. #FLOTUS #OpportunityforAll

Teach For America (@TeachForAmerica)
1/16/14 9:45 AM
"These kids are smart. They will know if we're not holding up our end of the bargain." - Michelle Obama on #CollegeOpportunity

was it a bargain...?

or a one sided push out...?

they are smart.. they have come up with a bargain themselves.
a narrative for 100% of humanity...


Cindy Watkins Kane (@cindykane)
1/16/14 9:48 AM
Always struck by how well @MichelleObama speaks the language of #studentaffairs. She gets us. #sachat

she gets listening... but 100% listening...?
 not so sure..

rather... listening about what's already in place... listening with an agenda..
Krishnamurti on parenting... huge.

ok.. reread..

she gets saschat.
ok to that..
because they too.. are not yet free beyond agenda... no...?

Seriously, if you read nothing else today, read this. Then read it again. And again. What learning could be. #edchat

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New blog post: What If? The airbnb and lyft of education - #edtech #edchat @monk51295 @tutormentorteam

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moving, honest TEDx talk by @ArianeSConrad about the broader effects of #collcons #sharingeconomy #REXe

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If you want to be right, seek certainty. If you want to be the person you were put here to become, run away screaming from it.

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<3 <3 <3 LOVE THIS: At the Human Library, you check out people instead of books

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The Future of School, Piece by Piece: @mcandler on the progress of the @4pt0schools community

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Important health study showing the benefits of unconditional #basicincome principle of non-means tested, regular cash

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Awesome example of gameful design! “@pomeranian99: Can we turn lotteries into device for saving? Intriguing proposal”

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Timeless advice from MLK:  "The time is always right to do what is right".

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#Davos : The problem or the solution? #wef2014

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DML Research Hub (@dmlresearchhub)
1/18/14 8:30 AM
Writing on the Walls: Graffiti as an Integrated Study Project via@edutopia

Call a kid a tagger and he's a criminal. Help him become an artist and everything change

After visiting Writerz Blok, we were inspired to create a space where young artists at our school could express themselves in a supervised setting

Ultimately, we hoped that our artwork would open public minds to the notion that graffiti is a legitimate art form when presented in a legal setting.

what does that even mean..?

in a legal setting.
and how does... a legal setting... define whether it's art or not..?

MUSTREAD The Serendipity Machine. A Disruptive Business Model for Society 3.0 via @s2m

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Felice J. Freyer (@felicejfreyer)
1/18/14 8:31 AM
After 22 drug overdose deaths in 13 days, most on weekends, RI health officials fear what this weekend will bring.
Narcan, which is available over the counter at Walgreens, can stop an overdose in its tracks, administered by injection or nasal spray. People who know someone with an addiction problem should keep the drug handy, Fine said.
The officials also urged actions to prevent deaths when overdoses do occur: by using the drug Narcan and by not fearing arrest if they call 911.
Narcan, which is available over the counter at Walgreens, can stop an overdose in its tracks, administered by injection or nasal spray. People who know someone with an addiction problem should keep the drug handy, Fine said.
Wall, of the state police, said that the 2012 Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act ensures that someone who calls for help during an overdose will not face arrest or prosecution for drug possession.
Stenning, the BHDDH director, said that treatment is both accessible and affordable, and that people can call (401) 462-4680 during business hours and 211 at any time to find help. He noted that with the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, many formerly uninsured people will have easier access to treatment because they will have coverage and won’t have to wait for a state-funded treatment slot.

This is the smartest take on corporate culture I've read in ages. via @bhorowitz

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Ashwin Ram (@ashwinram)
1/18/14 8:35 AM
.@marissamayer majored in Symbolic Systems (basically Cognitive Science) at @Stanford. But what is it?… via @nprnews

Civic Paths@civicpaths
@DORIANELECTRA: "No need for market research, look to immediate social feedback. What sticks!" #civicpaths