Violence and High School Turbulence

Published by USA Today, Liz Szabo provides great insights in her article: Violence ages children’s DNA, shortens their chromosomes

Violence ages children’s DNA, shortens their chromosomes

This provides great implications for high school students who begin to check-out mentally, drop out physically, and generally become dysfunctional in mainstream high school settings.  At-best these students cannot take time or do not have interest in taking time for the more traditional offerings of the comprehensive American high school.  They deserve different venues to complete a rigorous high school education.  At-worst, we ignore that these children are moving forward with the DNA aging process, and are in need of some neuroscience interventions (that they have probably needed all along) and remain neglected.  You know my stand on Fast ForWord and the place of neuroscience in our profession.  The fact that so many of our students succumb to violent circumstances further amplifies the point.  We must keep the health and capacity of the learner’s brain core to what we provide for them, and remember that we can change brains, and accelerate their capacity to learn.
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