New Yorker drives home a powerful point with this article “What Poverty Does To The Young Brain”. This research – more than ever – allows for deeper understanding that community help in reducing the stress of poverty helps to break the cycle. Preschool is important.
Over the past decade, the scientific consensus has become clear: poverty perpetuates poverty, generation after generation, by acting on the brain.
The story that science is now telling rearranges the morality of parenting and poverty, making it harder to blame problem children on problem parents. Building a healthy brain, it seems, is an act of barn raising.
Emphasis mine. Because YES, building a healthy brain is an act of barn raising.