In our post-modern, secular society, where scientific research often trumps moral truth, it is fascinating to note that we have finally come full circle. A new scientific study now indicates that, when it comes to raising children, what's needed is a lot more wisdom of the ages and a lot less secular science.
A group of 33 children's doctors, research scientists, and mental health and youth service professionals from across the philosophical and political spectrum produced a study which says essentially: human beings are "hardwired" (biologically programmed) for connection with other people and with the transcendent.
That may not come as big news to many people, particularly those those who do not consider themselves part of the cultural elite. Considering the source, however, it should be headline news.
This group, called the Commission on Children at Risk, includes T. Berry Brazelton (Harvard Medical School), Robert Coles (Harvard University), James P. Comer (Yale University) and Alvin F. Poussaint (Harvard Medical School), to name just a few of the more recognizable participants. Hardly a group known as hard-core (or even soft-core) conservatives. The study, titled "Hardwired to Connect: The New Scientific Case for Authoritative Communities," was jointly sponsored by the YMCA of the USA, Dartmouth Medical School, and the Institute for American Values. Its aim was to address what it sees as a crisis among U.S. children and adolescents.
Marcia Segelstein writes a column for Connecticut Family Matters, published by the Family Institute of Connecticut
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