John A. Marshall, an owner of DUI schools in Glendale and Burbank blames the country's schools for substance and alcohol abuse among the youth. In his recent opinion piece published in Glendale News Press, he analyzes how schools are now seen as institutions that place too much value on standardized testing, "one-size-fits-all" methods of teaching, and left-brain achievement.
He writes that, "Fifty years ago, the biggest disciplinary problems in schools were chewing gum, throwing paper wads, getting out of line and talking in class. Now the biggest problems are substance abuse, weapons, violence, obesity, pregnancy, dropping out and suicide."
Today students are expected to focus for hours on processing information, releasing great amounts of physical and emotional energy. Little emphasis is focused on right-brain forms of learning, which applies interests, talents, and skills into lessons. A DUI lawyer in Los Angeles might agree that because schools are prioritizing manual learning styles over arts and creativity, there has been an increase among children with substance abuse in the past decade.