Letters: Feb. 24, 1997

HOW A CHILD'S BRAIN DEVELOPS

"No period of life is more important than its start. Focusing on a relatively brief time can lead to a whole lifetime of promise." ANGELA FAN Baltimore, Maryland

Your article on the brain, the windows of opportunity for development at various ages, and neural plasticity [SPECIAL REPORT, Feb. 3] should challenge parents and educators to question some popular assumptions about child rearing. Because the brain's greatest growth spurt continues until age 10, and "rich experiences really do produce rich brains," we should strive to give our children a wide variety of experiences rather than depend on...

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