The brain science behind Britain’s new parenting classes

How we raise our young can shape their brains. (Photo by Flickr user Nathan Rupert)British Prime Minister David Cameron thinks parents need government-approved advice on raising kids. British parents aren’t exactly thrilled with this recent proclamation. One of Cameron’s new policy prescriptions, unveiled Monday with an announcement that England will pour £70 million over the next five years into “relationship support,” was state-backed parenting classes. Vouchers, he said, would help cover the enrollment of low-income families. Behind the controversial new family agenda was a deceptively simple lesson from neuroscience. “The vast majority of the synapses, the billions of connections that carry information through our brains, develop in the first two years,” he said in a Monday speech. “Mums and dads literally build babies’ brains.” Scientists say our IQ, attention span, memory and…


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