Eight (Failed) Assumptions: What We Thought We Knew About Early Child Development

W. Thomas Boyce, MD

ACEs, Brain Architecture, Addiction, Serve and Return, Stress

May 2010

Dr. W. Thomas Boyce, from the University of British Columbia, discusses core development concepts by challenging eight assumptions: (1) destiny is in our genes, (2) knowing, growing and relationship sowing develop separately, (3) poor children are the ones at risk, (4) stress is bad for children, (5) we know how to help disadvantaged kids, it’s just too expensive, (6) babies are inert, (7) it’s all over by five, and (8) children are naturally fair and kind.


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