Motivational and inspirational writer, Bryan Hutchinson is the author of several books about life with ADHD including the highly acclaimed, best selling "One Boy′s Struggle: A Memoir" and the author of the hilarious eBook that went viral "10 Things I Hate about ADHD"

Educators I salute you!


Yep, you read that right. I don’t know how many times I have taken educators to task for how ADD ADHD children are treated and taught. Many, many times. Don’t get me wrong, I mean every word and I don’t plan on letting up anytime soon.

However, let’s get something straight and be very clear about it: Educating today’s children, with today’s society and over filled classrooms, teaching is not an easy job and sometimes it is a thankless job. Educators are probably the most criticized people in existence. Yep, even more than us Adders and let me tell you, that’s a lot of criticizing! You know it, I know it, it’s not some sort of secret.

I was doing a search today for information from teachers about teaching ADD ADHD children and the majority of my search results turned up advice for teachers and how they should teach. Seems all people want to do is tell teachers how to do their jobs. Hey, I have some tips too. Everyone does. But, who is trying to be helpful and who is trying to pass the buck?

Imagine this: You are standing in front of a classroom of say 25 3rd grade children. Bobby is in the third row murmuring to Janie behind him. Stacey is in the back of the room try to be sneaky and passing notes to Rachel. David and Goliath are over near the window planning something devious and playing footsies under the tables—kicking each other. Mark just pee’ed his pants in the front row and the rest of the class is snickering. Now, you have the task of getting this class in order in less than 45 minutes and teaching them about the Spanish inquisition! Remember, know that while you are doing this you must take into consideration the 3 ADD and ADHD children and all other children with other conditions, not tick any parents off for your treatment, not hurt any feelings, keep the school happy and meet the required standards for education! Don’t mess it up and you better not leave any kids behind! You now have less than 40 minutes—get cracking!

Educators I salute you!