Yes, I’m a big fan of brain imagery. I wouldn’t think there would be any ethical dilemma use of SPECT as a regular basis; even as an educational progress monitoring tool. We’re not at that point yet, I don’t think, but as the technology improves, yearly brain scans throughout school could be a part of physicals.
But that’s thinking far ahead. [I tend to do that]
At present, as a snapshot diagnostic tool, it would make sense to have it more widely available. While I have ethical misgivings about the validity of certain things considered as true psychological disorders, rather than social disorders, and the medicating of such… nevertheless, it’s a present day reality.
Were I in a position of power where my opinions could change policy, I would support the funding and regular use of snapshot brain scans for students as a part of a physical (which I also believe should be required for all students, not just those going into sports).
We treat students as equally capable minds and bodies but that’s simply not true. It never was true but the education system still functions on that premise and isn’t likely to change soon.
There’s the potential for discrimination but as that already happens in Tracking programs in school and will continue to, it wouldn’t really be anything new. Any gross abuses would be noticed by somebody and corrected. Gross abuses usually are, after a time.
The power of choice should remain with the parents, not in the scanning but in the choice of treatment, if any treatment at all. It’s their kids. But I don’t see any good reason, outside of funding and having a public policy, that would prevent this type of thing from being easily possible.