Thursday, February 18, 2016

Part 1 - Peek Inside a Classroom: Failing Schools, or Failing Paradigm ? 



Yes, money matters in Education. Money is absolutely necessary,  but money is Not sufficient.

A key variable is missing from the discussions about education reform:  before money, before a “common core”, before standardized testing and before “value added” measures.

Childhood Trauma is  “the elephant in the room”.

Reformers don’t acknowledge childhood trauma,  but it affects every classroom.  There are more trauma-impacted students than English Language Learners (ELL) or those with an Individual Education Plan (IEP).   In some urban locations (pg. 17 map) the prevalence is greater than ELL and IEP students combined!

We must understand and account for trauma-impacted children.

We won’t have a successful education paradigm,
or even accurately interpret academic results,
while ignoring the overwhelming presence of childhood trauma.

Roberto is an eight-year-old, former student in my second-grade class. (All names are pseudonyms.)   In his short life, he’s experienced at least five major life traumas. One: his mother …    please CLICK HERE to continue to the full, original post at

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