Do “no-excuses” schools create damaging “toxic stress” in children?


Alfred Lubrano, a staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer who has written extensively about poverty and its effects, published a piece on December 11th about the ways in which “harsh or authoritarian parenting,” a disciplinary practice that researchers say is more common among families living in poverty, affects the children who are victims of it.

When children who do not feel supported or loved are disciplined harshly, says pediatrician Daniel Taylor, their bodies release cortisol–a hormone that, when released in large amounts, is “toxic to developing brains.”  The resulting “toxic stress,” as it has been labeled, can affect a child’s health, behavior, and ability to learn–resulting in uncontrolled emotions, attention deficits, hyperactivity, combative behavior, problems focusing, reading difficulties, and even physical issues like heart disease.  And unfortunately, since children often parent the way they themselves were parented, many experts suggest that “poor neighborhoods likely hold countless families suffering from compromised…

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2 thoughts on “Do “no-excuses” schools create damaging “toxic stress” in children?

  1. Jack Polidori

    Given your propensity to extoll the virtues of your beloved Dodgers and their incomparable Cuban rookie, I am surprised you did not point out the following…in deference to your unending search for truth, justice, and the American way…
    From the Associated Press…
    “Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was arrested near Naple, Fla., after officers clocked him driving at 110 miles per hour in a 70-m.p.h. zone, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Puig was charged with reckless driving.”

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