Why do children lose the ability to focus?
Our human design means that those living in violent or disturbed situations are more vulnerable to stress and anxiety. It is hard for children to understand these pressures. They adapt by disconnecting from the emotional pain and confusion. It is a strong survival adaptation but it disconnects them from many aspects of their emotions and physical bodies. In short, the mind learns to distract itself from what it does not want to deal with. A disconnected child finds it hard to focus or concentrate because their mind is simply elsewhere. This level of distraction lowers academic performance. In embattled societies the impact of this is high because education is seen as the main key to the future. Academic failure is seen as being catastrophic for a child.