http://www.newsweek.com/id/157898/output/comments This is what I have been saying for a long time. They say one out of five parents are concerned enough about their behavioral or emotional health that they take them to see a doctor or health professional. But they also say one out of ten girls. To me that number is still high for girls. So I really don't think it's just a boy thing. What I have been saying about schools is they don't let the kids be kids. They are too worried about test scores that it is no longer about the children.
More and more schools are now not only getting rid of P.E., Art and Music classes but also getting rid of recess or limiting the games they can play on the playground. Games like Tag and Dodge Ball are no longer allowed because of fear of being sued.
My personal belief has been that schools don't let the kids be kids. I know not all schools are like this but the sad fact is a lot are. They expect the children to just sit still and learn all day long with hardly any breaks in between. Then they send them home sometimes with hours worth of homework. Then you have some parents who have the poor children over scheduled with extra curricular activities. Now I am not saying they shouldn't have extra curricular activities but (again this is my personal opinion) I don't think they need to have their whole day planned out. I believe kids need to run around and just be kids. Children really do learn a lot through play. Anything from learning how to share to figuring out how to work out a conflict with each other.
I am not saying children shouldn't be able to sit down quietly and learn but I think they also need time to just run and have fun. Being in the sun (natural lighting) and getting exercise is beneficial for learning.
I am by no means an expert and I don't claim to be. This has just been on my mind since I read this article and wanted to put my thoughts down.