Research has shown that growing up in poverty can negatively affect the wiring – and even the physical dimensions – of a child’s brain. As part of KERA’s One Crisis Away initiative, Think explored how interventions during the middle school years can reverse those changes.
The brain of a middle school child is a mystery. If you’re a parent, you may have found yourself saying “What were you thinking?” or “Use your brain”. That’s just what 6th, 7th and 8th graders in West Dallas are going to do at a brain-training boot camp. Nine language arts teachers at Edison Middle School and Learning Center are using a new program to teach kids critical thinking, starting today.
The Pentagon estimates that one in every five veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffered at least one mild concussion. Since 2007, the military has pumped about $700 million into research on traumatic brain injury. That research can be traced from Fallujah to Friday Night Lights.