Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s first surgeon general, talks about the impact of multigenerational adversity, SEL in the classroom, and the transformational powers of meditation.
For children with ACEs, the damage is reversible, and teachers can help, Burke Harris says—but she’s adamant that they can’t do it alone. “We all have to play our positions,” she insists, emphasizing the need for broader coordination between medical, educational, and emergency systems. “It’s unfair to ask teachers to be therapists or doctors. The role of educators is in delivering that daily dose of buffering care that’s so important for healing.”