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Academic Pressure

The Case Against Straight A's

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I have seen too many kids get stressed out, anxious and even depressed in their mission to get straight A's. Let me tell you why I dislike the pursuit of straight A's.

What Successful People Say About My Post-Grad Plans

Aliza Polkes | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Aliza Polkes

Nearly all those who express such emotional discontent over my choice to study for the law school entrance exams are successful and established people. They are overwhelmingly professors, college advisors, lawyers, or the spouses of lawyers.

Why I'm Proud of My Son's Low GPA

Sandy Abrams | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Sandy Abrams

Success to us meant that he would be a good person living a meaningful life, earning a living following his passion.

Stressed Out in America: 5 Reasons to Let Your Kids Play

Katie Hurley | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Katie Hurley

Play is the most natural learning style for children. They learn from play from the very first moment they shove wooden blocks into their mouths and they continue to learn through more advanced play as they grow.

School Pressure: Rx to Self-Medicate?

Todd Kestin | Posted 02.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Todd Kestin

When we're guided to a place where we let go of everyone else's ideas on how we should live and begin to live our own story, the urge for alcohol and drugs may disappear. In its place is a love for life, the passion to explore, and the hope of finding our place and purpose in this world.

Everybody Breathe, Take a Step Back and Relax

Todd Kestin | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Todd Kestin

Relax. There is still plenty of time for students to gain the skills they need for college once they have survived middle school.

Yuppies: Under Pressure

Alexandra Silver-Fagan | Posted 11.19.2013 | College
Alexandra Silver-Fagan

Many of us stick to the same menial, comfortable plan: college, 9 to 5 desk job, tiny apartment, and weekends spent plopped on the couch eating leftover Chinese food with a cat in our lap. If the world really is our oyster, why do we fail at creating the pearl?

Why You Should Stop Obsessing Over Grades

Andrea Vale | Posted 10.26.2013 | Teen
Andrea Vale

Junior year is often considered the most competitive and stressful year of high school. After this past year, I can wholeheartedly agree and call it what I truly see it as -- a competition.

Cheating [Is] the System

Victor Dorff | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Victor Dorff

Worldwide, the choice is clear, if not easy: Does it make more sense to accept that the system has become so perverted that success requires cheating?

Cheating Teachers Teach Cheats

Victor Dorff | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Victor Dorff

Cases of teachers and principals changing their students' answers after the test, or filling in the correct answers that students left blank, have made headlines in recent months.

Awesome Way One High School Is Fighting Stress

Posted 05.30.2013 | Teen

Would you feel less stressed at school if teachers led their classes wearing red clown noses, students blew bubbles all over campus, and your favorite...

Cheating -- It's Not Just for Kids

Victor Dorff | Posted 07.15.2013 | Los Angeles
Victor Dorff

What we are teaching is that integrity is an acceptable casualty in the push for a better education system, and that's the wrong lesson.

10 Ways To Make Exams Less Stressful

Posted 04.25.2013 | Teen

Think twice before you pick up that highlighter. Did you know that taking a practice test or handwriting your notes instead can help you retain more i...

Desperate Kid Cheats Under Pressure -- What Else Is New?

Victor Dorff | Posted 06.16.2013 | College
Victor Dorff

"Pressure" is inevitable for students today. The question is, how do we teach our students to evaluate the reality of the pressure they feel and to deal with it appropriately?

5 Ways High School May Let You Down (And Why That's Okay)

Posted 03.12.2013 | Teen

High school can be really stressful -- to say the least. Our weekly "Hey, It's OK!" series is here to remind you of all things you SHOULDN'T be worrie...

8 Awesome Ways High Schools Are Helping Students De-Stress

Posted 03.04.2013 | Teen

Do you feel like most of the kids at your school are stressed out? With mounting academic pressure and increasing competition for college admission...

What Genetics Tells Us About Anxiety: Not Much

Stanton Peele | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

For several days this month, one of the most emailed articles in the New York Times was "Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart?" The article purports to explain why some children fold under the pressure of taking tests.

Don't Take My Stress Away

Jack Cahn | Posted 01.12.2013 | Teen
Jack Cahn

I came to Stuyvesant High School to be sleep-deprived, I came here to be pressured, I came here so that I would have enough work to keep me up throughout the night.

20 Things NOT To Worry About Before You Turn 20

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.09.2012 | Teen

Between exams, college applications, friend drama and dating angst, you have enough to worry about as a teenager without constantly stressing out abou...

How Children Succeed: An Interview with Paul Tough

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 11.21.2012 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

I wonder if our adult kids' pervasive fear of failure hasn't returned them to their childhood bedrooms, dissatisfied and unemployed. Yes, it's a tough economy out there, but have we made them afraid to take chances, to bypass meaningful engagement and social justice opportunities?

Cheating Because the Stakes Are So Low

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

The incidence of cheating is lowest when students or citizens perceive that they are members of an interdependent community, but that's not, sadly, today's America.

The Global Search for Education: On Cheating

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.03.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

According to a survey of 24,000 high school students in grades 9-12, 95% of students said they cheated during the course of their education, ranging from letting somebody copy their homework to cheating on tests.

Do 'Study Drugs' Breed a Nation of Winners -- or Cheaters?

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 09.18.2012 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

Children are learning that success comes not by training, practice and hard work, but by taking shortcuts. We tell young people, "Don't use drugs," but our beliefs and actions encourage them to win at all costs.

Words of Advice to Overachieving Teens

Tatiana Lanteigne | Posted 08.14.2012 | Teen
Tatiana Lanteigne

Many modern teens feel pressure to be well-rounded, but there is a point at which one must realize that being well-rounded doesn't mean being the best at everything.

Child Rearing and the American Future: Let the Hunger Games Begin

James Block | Posted 06.30.2012 | Parents
James Block

Unaware that the novel problem of raising modern children for a post-traditional society was the foremost concern of the early republic, Americans are now embracing fashionable new solutions that happen to be nearly as old as the nation itself.