Understanding cognitive development and stress in children can add context to systems of education.
There are critical areas of brain development, like zero-to-five, but there are also critical areas of brain development in the adolescent years. Does the hyper testing, standardized system provide too much stress on our students and harm brain development? Unrelenting stress can damage developing structures of the limbic system, but calibrated challenge can positively stimulate brain growth – teachers have an important role in assuring students of their safety when taking on new challenges. Learn more about the research and science to ensure every kid can excel in every education system.
Pamela Cantor, M.D. practiced child psychiatry for nearly two decades, specializing in trauma. She founded Turnaround for Children after co-authoring a study on the impact of the 9/11 attacks on New York City schoolchildren. She is a Visiting Scholar in Education at Harvard University and a leader of the Science of Learning and Development Alliance.