I’m sitting here watching “Private Practice” and wondering where the hell the expectations come from that spawn parents willing to take the steps I see these fictional parents taking.  Especially because I know that the situation is based on real cases.

These parents are dosing their younger, neurotypical son with their older, diagnosed-ADHD son’s leftover meds to get him diagnosed ADHD himself so he’ll get extra time to take his tests, which he needs to keep his grades up.  This is a situation where they spent $12K a year on preschool and had to pay tons to get him into the “right” elementary school.  Did I mention he’s in third grade and they’re hopping him up on amphetamines?

In a world where, as a whole, American education levels are slipping, I understand the urge to want to give your child the best possible start in life.  I do not, however, understand the thought process that leads someone to believe that drugging their child is an acceptable alternative to finding a way to deal with needing more time taking tests.  I mean, amphetamines are nothing to screw around with.

I find myself glad that we don’t live somewhere where $12K a year preschools are a necessary precursor to getting into a school with a good reputation and good test scores.  I don’t think I could live with that kind of parental pressure or the guilt I suspect would accompany not being able to afford to provide access to those schools.  Is that going to make the Munchkin less competitive down the line or possibly less successful?  Maybe, but so could any of a number of factors completely outside our control.  But I don’t think it will be such a detriment that doping him would be better.