An Evidence-Based Indictment of Inaction

 

                       An Evidence-Based Indictment of Inaction

                                     …Children’s lives hang in the balance

 

Powerful and surprisingly prevalent horrors are blocking access to education and ravaging children’s lives.  Sadly, they remain “the elephant in the classroom”: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

ACEs include physical, sexual, and emotional abuse [including bullying], physical and emotional neglect, a missing parent (due to separation, divorce, incarceration, or death), witnessing household substance abuse, violence, or mental illness. Environmental violence and more.

Developmental (or ‘Childhood’) trauma after ACEs is unidentified or misunderstood and often worsened within school systems, including the School District of Philadelphia (SDP).  Experts call it a “crisis”.

 

Trauma during development is especially heinous.

Some adults normalize the pain and fear of the injured child, thinking “they’ll get over it.”  Actually, it’s the opposite.  Young children have fewer coping mechanisms and their immature brains are still developing.  The impacts of trauma are greater on the still-developing brain.

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School children deciding to take their own lives  are a ‘silent’, but persistent indictment. 

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Trauma impacts children, learning and schools, via its laser-like effects on the physical structure of the brain.

Developmental trauma damages cognition.  The specific changes to brain architecture impair children’s memory systems, their ability to think, to organize multiple priorities (“executive function”), and hence to learn, particularly literacy skills.

 

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Rick Herranz Sr. posted:

Hey Daun

 I know when I was in high school my parents did not have a clue what was going on with myself and my two younger brothers....Their COMMUNICATION SKILLS and their CONFLICTS RESOLUTION SKILLS were practically non existent. All they knew WAS  RAGE and  RAGE  then HIT ME....  with my own children I have taken so many parenting classes. But more important for me as a DAD is to recognize when my daughter or son 's Spirit IS CLOSED TOWARDS ME and they begin to isolate and not want top talk....That is  a  RED FLAG for me to realize something is going on INSIDE MY KIDS heart and mind.   Why cant other parents do they same?

Rick Herranz

 

Wow, Rick, thank you for sharing.  I am sorry that you had such experiences as a child.

I am so encouraged by your own reflection and your own learning and your own changes.  It sure seems like you may have broken the generational cycle.  I am guessing that your own kids feel much differently about their childhoods with you !

Hey Daun

 I know when I was in high school my parents did not have a clue what was going on with myself and my two younger brothers....Their COMMUNICATION SKILLS and their CONFLICTS RESOLUTION SKILLS were practically non existent. All they knew WAS  RAGE and  RAGE  then HIT ME....  with my own children I have taken so many parenting classes. But more important for me as a DAD is to recognize when my daughter or son 's Spirit IS CLOSED TOWARDS ME and they begin to isolate and not want top talk....That is  a  RED FLAG for me to realize something is going on INSIDE MY KIDS heart and mind.   Why cant other parents do they same?

Rick Herranz

 

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