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November 22, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Cases of childhood trauma: a hard reality in our classrooms

The more you talk with teachers, the more you understand that, for better or worse, a huge part of their job involves managing childhood trauma.

In most classrooms, there are students with divorced parents; some who’ve been insulted or hit at home; others with moms or dads who abuse drugs or alcohol, and too many who don’t have enough to eat.

Each of these miseries is listed – along with five other common traumas – on the nationally-recognized scorecard for Adverse Childhood Experiences, and researchers have discovered that they have significant effects in the classroom.

Put simply: Kids experiencing chronic trauma can’t learn.

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