School violence is starting at earlier ages as an increasing number of unsocialized children are cursing at classmates, punching teachers and throwing temper tantrums in class. They spend hours each day watching TV but not enough time interacting with caring, responsible adults.
Kids who are chronologically 6 years old are showing up in school with “emotional experience you would expect of a 3-year-old,” says Dr. Bruce Perry, a child psychiatrist who works with the nonprofit group ChildTrauma Academy, based in Houston. “Imagine a child with the terrible twos in a 6-year-old body. It’s a huge problem in education and mental-health circles.” This “relational poverty,” he says, affects even the wealthiest kids.
Via Education Gadfly.