Sugar and Learning

Lots of educators neuroscientists, and medical professionals have contemplated and studied the effects of sugar on learning. Let me offer a new one-albeit more metaphoric, and not medical.

Parents and experts on parenting widely agree that the way to curb a child’s attraction to sugars and sugary edibles is to reduce the amount of sugar fed to and consumed by a newborn, toddler, or older child. This can reduce the taste for sugar and sugary foods. No matter how much restraint is achieved, it can all be undone by any deviation from a low sugar childhood. A few instances of a high sugar event can ruin all the good judgements of prior (better) childhood consumption.

It works the same with a child’s yearning to learn.  In the early years we can easily get a child to want to learn, want to read, and want to achieve. At any point in a child’s schooling we can un-do this yearning to learn. Depriving an advanced student to continue at her own pace, embarrass a child when he is not yet working at-standard, or even asking a child to read too many books (s)he is not interested in can cause a turn-off to learning, especially in the pre-teen and teenage years.

This comparison might work for you. For me it adds to the urgency inherent in our work.

Have a great week.

Distinctive Schools team-have a GREAT Spring break. You have worked hard for this time off. I hope you enjoy this time with your family and other loved ones.

JW

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