Devereux SVP and Chief Medical & Clinical Officer, Dr. Marilyn Benoit, responds to New York Times Opinion, “Don’t Grade Schools on Grit.”
A response to Angela
Duckworth’s opinion, published March 26, 2016:
As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I
am delighted we are openly addressing the need for schools to support
children’s social and emotional development. Schools promote resilience and
facilitate character development, but are a secondary crucible for such
development. Policy makers fail to address parents’ responsibilities (parents provide
the primary crucible within which children are reared). This primary crucible
is where templates for empathy, compassion, self-control, turn taking,
frustration tolerance, self-soothing, and respect for authority are developed.
The first year of life remains critical in developing secure attachments
between parent(s) and child. Within the context of that secure attachment,
babies develop early capacities that result in self-regulation. Parents serve
as “external regulators” helping young children build the neuronal brain
structures that later take over and self-regulate. Children should come to
school with such readiness, with schools enhancing and facilitating further
development. Policy makers should promote additional support to young parents,
enhancing their success in this critical first stage of child development.
Marilyn Benoit, M.D.
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