Do Parenting Classes Work? – Slate Magazine (blog)

The government has yet to release any specifics on what exactly they will teach, but if Cameron’s speech last week is any indication, it will be influenced by the work of Jack Shonkoff, director of Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child. Shonkoff is behind research that demonstrates how young children raised in a hostile or unresponsive environment produce stress hormones that interfere with their brain development. As they grow older, these children tend to have a harder time concentrating, learning, and assessing risk.