Madeline Lavine PhD: Education Today Is Causing Learning Disabilities
Stress And The Toxic Hormone Cortisol
When we experience stress, it causes an elevated level of the toxic hormone cortosol, and children are less able to deal with stress.
Studies show that the toxic effect of excessive cortisol resulting from stress, has an effect on the brain. The effects can be lasting if stress happens over a long period of time. This hormone was found to be one of the major causes of behavior problems, learning disabilities (ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, hyperactivity, ext), confusion, and impaired thinking in adults and in children. This hormone effects children's ability to learn.
Madeline Lavine PhD, who is a Psychologist with over 30 years of experience in working with children explains in her book, Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success, that the "one size fits all" approach, and the over emphasis on testing is doing more harm than good. She says that it is one of the major causes of learning disabilities. Children can become stressed simply because they think something is wrong with them if other children are learning faster then they are, or making better grades than they are. She goes on to say that current methods are preparing our children for academia, but not for life outside of school.
In conclusion, education needs to be designed around the child's uniqueness rather than putting them in a race that egnores their unique talents, and time schedule.
P.S. Something that I forgot to add is thad Dr. Lavine says not enough play can cause learning disabilities.