Why are we making high school so so stressful?

“Everyone needs to relax a little. Life ain’t a board meeting.”
—Charles Aubrey Rogers

I talk to students a lot. And when I hear how packed their schedules are, I wonder why we are doing this to our kids? Administrators are enchanted with scores from standardized testing that is all about memorization and no innovation. That alone has taken education backwards. What is the point of pure memorization in a world that values innovation?

When I heard my niece’s schedule her senior year and the kind of work her AP classes required, I couldn’t believe we are putting our kids through this. No wonder they are stressed out.

Suicide rates are not high in the summer. But come fall, they go up which has been linked with going back to school. Studies are showing that school is a contributing factor to stress and suicide rates and among youth 10-17 in the United States had increased by 70% between 2006 and 2016.

That’s insane.

Yet we just keep adding to their stress at at time when they don’t even have fully formed executive functions to manage the workload.

Tell your kids to enjoy themselves. Take a hike. Do something together as a family.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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