My research exposed the following 21st-century barriers for parents when it involves their children, school, and home. The results were the following: Cognitive impact, socio-emotional impact, and social capital-building impact. In this blog post we will look at cognitive impact.

Parents Unaware of the Role of the Brain and Learning

Often, poor children live in chaotic, unstable households. They are more likely to come from single guardian homes, and their parents or caregivers are less emotionally responsive.… Young children are especially vulnerable to the negative effects of change, disruption, and uncertainty. Developing children need reliable caregivers who offer high predictability, or their brains will typically develop adverse adaptive responses. Chronic socio-economic deprivation can create environments that undermine the development of self and the capacity for self-determination and self-efficacy.— Eric Jensen

The results of my research indicated that parents know very little about the brain. Nor do they know how it works in developing learning behaviors and thinking processes.

By initiating and raising parental awareness of the role of the brain in the home and then the learning process, parents are more likely to consider taking advantage of the myriad cognitive influences and training at their disposal. Most notably, when parents understand more about elements needed for an optimal student learning experience, they become more interested in being a more “relevant” role model for their children and stronger advocates for student learning.

This post is excerpted from my book ¡Andamio!, where you can learn more about ELL success through brain-based learning. Get your copy here.