Early Childhood Experiences Can Change our DNA
The future of education is going to be about investing more in early learning. We can use the science of epigenetics to understand why experiences early in life are so critical to learning, and to other important outcomes over the course of a lifetime. Epigenetics is a new and exciting field of research which is connected to a number of different areas of research. It's important for anyone interested in the fields of education, child psychology, family policy, and human development.
Early Childhood Experiences Can Change our DNA: The science of epigenetics shows us how our earliest experiences affect who we become
Please check out this worksheet before watching the lecture on Epigenetics.
- Write down 3 experiences from your childhood that you think affected you. These could be 'moments in time' like the time you fell off your bike, or they could be longer-term experiences, like living with a parent who smoked.
- Think about whether you think 'nature' or 'nurture' is more important in how kids turn out. Why do you think one over the other to be true?
- Most of us tend to have a 'gut reaction' to the previous question about nature vs nurture. Can you think of 2 solid arguments to back up your choice? These should be fact-based and outside of your personal experiences.
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