We're called Henny Penny when we discuss vaccine injury. It's not possibly true that the skies fell on our kids. But there's no denying that IQ scores have been dropping. The reasons are as chicken and little as ever. Anything but the copious vaccination schedule.
By Anne Dachel
CNN put out a stunning report on June 13th entitled, IQ scores are falling and have been for decades, new study finds.
Since it would be highly implausible that this is related to genetics, the study authors acknowledge that the IQ change is environmentally caused.
IQ scores have been steadily falling for the past few decades, and environmental factors are to blame, a new study says.
The research suggests that genes aren't what's driving the decline in IQ scores, according to the study, published Monday.
Norwegian researchers analyzed the IQ scores of Norwegian men born between 1962 and 1991 and found that scores increased by almost 3 percentage points each decade for those born between 1962 to 1975 -- but then saw a steady decline among those born after 1975.
But before anyone thinks that the scientific/medical establishment is finally waking up to what exposure to toxins is doing to the human race, they have to read the rest of the story.
These environmental factors could include changes in the education system and media environment, nutrition, reading less and being online more, Rogeberg said.
The earlier rise in IQ scores follows the "Flynn effect," a term for the long-term increase in intelligence levels that occurred during the 20th century, arguably the result of better access to education, according to Stuart Ritchie, a postdoctoral fellow in cognitive ageing at the University of Edinburgh whose research explores IQ scores and intelligence and who was not involved in the new study.
(CNN did include a link to a story about lower IQs and fluoride exposure from Sept, 2017, but the piece ended with the caveat that there was no conclusive evidence that fluoride in water was really harmful. No other chemical connection was mentioned.)
According to the experts who can see what’s happening to the intelligence levels of children, the forces at work here are SOCIAL, not really environmental. It’s exposure to social media, it’s the way school are run today.
The message here isn’t surprising. CNN has a history of blaming people’s lifestyle for changes in kids.
In October, 2017 CNN ran the story, Little kids and 'toxic stress': we can solve this.
It was all about how damaging a bad HOMELIFE is for children.
Educators, parents and policymakers have long acknowledged such obstacles, but we now know that there is another significant consideration: Prolonged stress at home can disrupt development and set children back before school even begins….
A growing body of research shows that trauma at home can seriously affect a child's health and education. Physical or emotional abuse, neglect, parental mental illness, exposure to violence or the accumulated burdens of poverty can trigger what is known as a "toxic stress" response.
In the short term, this can inhibit children's ability to learn, to manage emotions and build relationships with peers, putting them at a disadvantage before they ever even set foot in a classroom. Children who have experienced four or more traumatic experiences are more than 30 times more likely to have a learning or behavior problem than their more fortunate peers.
In the long run, toxic stress can actually disrupt the development of the brain and other organs and body systems and increase the risk for chronic disease, heart attack, stroke, mental illness and cognitive impairment well into adulthood.
A 1998 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente on adverse childhood experiences/toxic stress and what it does to kids is behind all this. CNN announced that things have to change in order to counter the effects of abusive, negligent parents. In our modern, high stress world, the pressures on families are ever greater.
Despite the prevalence of toxic stress and the severity of its impact on children's lives, existing education, health, and social support systems are not set up to help the children most likely to experience trauma, which often goes untreated. At The Primary School, we are seeking to acknowledge and address toxic stress, so we can arm our children with the academic skills they need to succeed in college and beyond.
This incredibly complex problem cannot be solved by tinkering at the edges. Instead, we have tried to build an entirely new system of care centered around a child's comprehensive needs. We are still very early in our work and are learning more every day, but our approach is grounded in three important ideas.
Back in May, 2017, CNN also covered adverse childhood experiences/childhood trauma in a report
about how it’s up to society to step in to protect children and repair the damage from parents at home.
The time has come for all systems engaged with the care of children to tackle this problem head-on.
Conclusion: Parents need to shape up
It’s simple, all the problems kids have today—lower IQs, learning problems, behavior issues, chronic illnesses—lead us back to what parents are doing TO THEM at home. Teachers are being taught to ask, “What happened to you?” when a child has problems. And every parent needs to understand that if their child isn’t able to perform well in school, everyone will be looking at them.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.