Perhaps most important for the mission of schools, learning, when kids learn to pay attention and calm down, they learn better. We want to help them get in the best brain state for learning and remembering. We need to find ways to help kids be better students – not just learning better, but behaving better, too.
Parents and teachers tell kids countless times to “calm down” or “pay attention.” But the natural course of a child’s development means that the brain’s circuitry for calming and focusing is a work in progress – those neural systems are still growing. They will be shaped by the experiences kids have. We can help by giving children systematic lessons that will strengthen those budding capacities.
Daniel Goleman and Linda Lantieri