There's a lot of current brain research in the area of long term effects of constant stress on executive functioning. This article highlights what all educators have noticed-- the kids who just can't "keep it together" at school are getting younger and their behaviors more extreme. I'm glad we're identifying the problem, and acknowledging it's real. Too many kids come to school without the luxury of a carefree, innocent childhood. I've seen the impacts of living in a constant state of stress for my entire teaching career. What I need now is solid ideas on how to help mitigate the effects, and help kids thrive at school regardless of what's going on at home.
When I figure it out, I'll let you know.